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in just hours, hillary clinton and bernie sanders go head-to-head for the first time in cnn's democratic presidential candidate debate. who will come out on top? we are live. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans holding down the fort in new york. >> and i'm john berman. it is tuesday, october 13th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east, no it is not. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east. 1:00 a.m. in las vegas.
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things starting on the strip. it has arrived. the first democratic presidential debate tonight here behind me at the wynn las vegas on cnn. hillary clinton will be center stage. bernie sanders next to her. can he convince a wider audience to feel the bern. martin o'malley and lincoln chaffee and jim webb. hillary clinton at a union rally outside a donald trump hotel. a doubly advantageous moment for clinton. she can bash donald trump and appeal to organized labor. a group she needs in nevada and across the country. senior political correspondent brianna keilar has the story. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. hillary clinton arrived here in las vegas and almost immediately went where? the donald trump hotel. she joined union workers
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picketing outside the hotel co- owned by donald trump. the culinary union trying to make a splash as hillary clinton came into town. >> some people think mr. trump is entertaining. i don't think it is entertaining when somebody insults immigrants, insults women. that is unacceptable behavior. and so, when we are here together in solidarity to organize, we want to send a message to mr. trump. if you are going to run for president, you should represent all the people of the united states and that includes hard working people and you should not stand in the way of the right to organize because that's what built the middle class of america. >> reporter: she has been preparing for this debate in earnest. she has been working with a team of litigators.
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some helped president obama in 2012 as well as a number of other candidates. her goal, one of her top aides is to tell me to cut through the politics. she has been dealing with the e-mail controversy and her aides hope this gives her a chance to talk substance and get attention of so many watching the debate. bernie sanders, her closest competitor taking a different approach. his campaign is a little more low key. you often have teams downplaying how prepared their candidates are. they say he has been reading up on the issues and has been doing some q& a, but not full on mock debates. his goal is to show he is a serious candidate. he is a self described democrat
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socialist. john and christine. >> brianna, thank you. among the themes he will hit is returning the billionaire class to the middle class and making college more affordable and rebuilding infrastructure. sanders said american roads and bridges are falling apart. >> that is why i have proposed a $1 trillion investment over a five-year period for the crumbling infrastructure. that creates up to 13 million decent paying jobs and at the same time because we are improving our infrastructure, make our country more efficient and more productive and in fact safer. >> sanders also wants to draw contrast with secretary clinton
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with the free trade deal and the keystone pipeline. his team is working hard to lower expectations. you her brianna talk about that. they note that hillary clinton has lots of experience in national debates. this is sanders first time on the big stage. for the three other candidates, all polling in asterisk territory. martin o'malley and lincoln chaffee and jim webb. o'malley has been doing rehearsals to simulate television lighting. he will talk about his executive experience as baltimore mayor and governor of maryland. and jim webb was secretary of the navy under president ronald reagan. lincoln chaffee was a republican
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for most of his career then becoming independent and now democrat. one who is not here? joe biden. will he be a candidate? he spent the weekend at home with his family in delaware. you can see him here, at least, i think, his blackberry. his aides say he will watch the debate. it will not influence his decision. those close to him say he does not have a self imposed deadline. they say he seems to be in favor of running. he has state filing deadlines at the end of the month. stay with cnn for the first democratic presidential debate. coverage at 8:30 p.m. eastern here on cnn. on the republican side, a rough perception for donald trump, but the no labels
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conventi convention. trump tried to convince the crowd he knows how to compromise. he says it is better to compromise and win. he was bragging about his poll numbers and knock his rivals out of the race. let's get more from sara murray in manchester. >> reporter: here in manchester, instead of meeting with adoring fans, he met with others in the no labels committee. some in the crowd were skeptical that donald trump who is famous for hurling insults. he faced combative questions about how he would treat him if he was elected president. >> if you become president, will a woman make the same as a man and do i get to chose what i do
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with my body? >> you will make the same if you do as good a job and i happen to be pro life. okay? i'm pro life. >> reporter: trump was one of a number of candidates to speak here yesterday. including john kasich who spoke about the effort to balance the budget. all of those will be back on the campaign trail. trump will keep an eye on the democratic debate. he says he is watching, but not rooting for anyone in particular. back to you. >> thanks, sara. trump took a swing at hillary clinton. he believes clinton should be behind bars for her use of the private e-mail server. >> what she has done is serious. anybody else who has done it has had serious problems oreg gone
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jail. i would like to run against her with that said. she is so flawed. she did such a bad job as secretary of state, i think she is beatable. >> jeb bush and carly fiorina targeting clinton's record. bush tweeted hillary clinton is rewriting her history of weakness and wrong choices on iran. fiorina tweeted a fund raising pitch. are you ready to beat hillary? get your official beat hillary sticker with a donation of $5 or more. you know, the table minimum here in las vegas is $10. $5 won't even get you a seat. >> i'm told you won $170. i'm not sure the fact checkers were able to claim you won at the table. john, it is all about the democrats. the republicans can get in the right hooks here, but this is about the democrats tonight.
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john, whether some of the lesser known candidates can break through. do you think they will breakthrough by attacking hillary clinton? >> it is so interesting. they have to do something, don't they? they are nowhere in the race right now. one of the best ways to get your name in the headlines to take a swipe at hillary clinton. they have to be careful or perhaps martin o'malley has to be careful. what does o'malley want? unless he thinks he can win the nomination this time. if he is trying to set up for the future, is it best for him to tick off the clintons? will that help him four years from now? not so sure. >> john, thank you. we will talk to you soon. expect to hear tonight from hillary clinton and bernie sanders on really important kitchen table issues. income inequality and taxes and making college more affordable. we want to show you where they stand. on the minimum wage, clinton
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wants $12 an hour. sanders wants $15. the federal minimum wage hasn't been increased for years. and close the loopholes for hedge fund managers for the tax plan. and a top tax rate of 20% instead of close to 40%. sanders wants all income over $250,000 to be taxed on social security. affordable college. a cornerstone of the agendas. clinton wants two years of free community college. sanders wants state grants to make all public four-year colleges free paid for with a tax on high frequency traders. our coverage of the democratic
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u.s. military cargo planes successfully dropped 50 tons of ammunition to anti-assad rebels in syria. it is the first of the white house plan. moscow's intervention is prompting rival rebel groups to team up presented a more unified front against assad's troops. i want to bring in jill dougher dougherty. jill, you have the united states dropping ammunition to the rebels and vladimir putin's military supporting assad. those are two major world powers at opposite ends of a dangerous conflict. >> reporter: it is.
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the word, of course, springs to mind, proxy war. it is disturbing. there were proxy wars back in the old cold war. this time we have the u.s. and you have it is a saudi arabia, qatar and others supporting the rebels and russia coming in with air attacks and softening up the targets and hitting these targets and that's debatable who they are hitting. the ground forces of assad going in to hit them. two sides. it is dangerous because as you pointed out, both sides are carrying out air attacks. and that raises this issue of could there be a mid air collision. they had discussions with the pentagon and the ministry of defense. it is a very troubling and hot situation right now. >> hot situation indeed. we know there was a 90-minute phone call with the two militaries this week where they
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tried to work out protocol with how pilots talk to each other if they encounter each other in the sky. important for them not to have a mishap here, jill. >> reporter: exactly. that is exactly what it is. the language they use, the radio frequen frequencies, et cetera. they have to communicate to know somebody is potentially in your air space. the russians wanted to get into more areas political and otherwise. the united states said no it will be technical, thank you. we have another issue. the syrian special envoy for the united nations is here in town in moscow. he is talking to russian officials. at least the beginning of the talks. saying it is important to get the process moving forward some type of political resolution. after all, that is what both
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sides say they want ultimately. right now, russia is doing it through military means. you could argue the united states, obviously, is trying to hit other isil targets. the movement to any political solution doesn't seem to be going very fast. >> quickly, jill, is putin shoring up the assad regime? is it more powerful because of the help from russia? >> reporter: i would not say they are more powerful. what president putin and he made no secret of that, this is his mission to prop up the regime, make sure it does not collapse. that's really the mission. push back the opposition forces, terrorists, et cetera, who have been weakening assad's forces and once you have the solid situation, you can move toward a
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type of peaceful political resolution. the united states, of course, would say he's inn discripp krc nently hitting anyone. >> jill, very nice to see you. thank you. breaking news. a couple of hours ago, iran's parliament gave agreement to the nuclear deal. one sign of contention within the iranian parliament, lawmakers want to limit the access to the military sites. agreement would lift sanctions on iran. the house is not in session this week. there is intense behind the scenes debate over picking john boehner's replacement for speaker. support for paul ryan, pushed to run, says ryan won't make a decision this week. if he decides not to run, it could be a republican free-for-all. and he is actively considering a
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bid for the speakership. georgia's westmoreland is considering a bid. jason chaffetz says if paul ryan is in, he is out. stoking the crisis is the house freedom caucus because the speaker would have less power and giving the rank and file more sway over floor procedures. we are hours before cnn's democratic candidate debate. we are live breaking down the rules and what you can expect next.
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they will each be given a pad of paper and pen and have water if they need it. what will they face? an all cnn panel this time around. moderator is our own anderson cooper. he is joined by dana bash and juan carlos lopez and don lemon watching facebook and instagram for questions he will present to the candidates. each candidate will have one minute to answer a direct question. if one gets brought up in somebody's answer, they have 30 seconds to respond to that. lights will tell them they are running overtime. anderson has the discretion to let any part of the conversation to go on longer if he feel it is is needed for whatever reason. you can bet the candidates on the edges want every moment they can get to try to make an impression and rise in the polls and maybe closer to center next time around. christine, john. >> tom foreman for us. how are the candidates preparing for the debate here in las
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vegas? will hillary clinton and bernie sanders go after each other or will they play nice? our live team coverage from the very first democratic presidential debate.
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democrats running for president facing off for the first time. cnn's presidential debate now hours away. hillary clinton taking the stage with bernie sanders. who will come out on top? we are live. good morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans at the anchor desk in new york. >> and i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour.
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i'm at the anchor desk on the las vegas strip outside the wynn las vegas. it has arrived. the first democratic presidential debate is behind me at the resort hotel. only on cnn. frontrunner hillary clinton center stage. bernie sanders leading in new hampshire, but can he convince a wider audience to feel the bern. martin o'malley and lincoln chaffee and jim webb trying to make an impression to break through. we had one surprise here in las vegas. hillary clinton made a cameo appearance at a union rally outside a donald trump hotel. she could bash the gop frontrunner and appeal to organized labor. this is a group she needs here, particularly in nevada, but also across the country. senior political correspondent brianna keilar has the story. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. hillary clinton arrived in las vegas and went to where?
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the trump hotel. that's where she joined union workers picketing outside the hotel co- owned by donald trump. the culinary union is trying to unionize employees. hillary clinton joining them and making a splash as she came into town. >> some people think mr. trump is entertaining. i don't think it is entertaining when somebody insults immigrants or insults women. that is unacceptable behavior. so, when we are here together in solidarity to organize, we also want to send a message to mr. trump. if you are going to run for president, then you should represent all of the people of the united states and that includes hard working people and you should not stand in the way of the
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>> reporter: she has been preparing for the debate with help from aides and litigators from previous campaigns. she is hoping this will give her a chance to change the subject and really talk substance and get the attention of so many people who will be watching this debate. bernie sanders, her closest competitor here taking a different approach. his camp said it is more low key. there is always some expectat n expectations management going on. you have teams downplaying how prepared their candidates are. he has been reading up on the issues and doing some q&a. he is showing he is a serious candidate and mainstream ideas. he is a self described
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democratic socialist. he wants to make sure hillary clinton cannot portray him as extreme. john. >> brianna keilar, thank you. among the themes sanders will hit, taking the country back from what he calls the billionaire class and returning it to the middle class. he wants to raise the minimum wage and rebuilding infrastructure. he was beemed in to an event in new hampshire and sanders said american roads and bridges are falling apart. >> that is why i proposed a $1 trillion investment over five years in rebuilding our crumb crumbling infrastructure. that will create up to 13 million decent paying jobs and at the same time because we're improving our infrastructure, make our country more efficient, more productive and in fact,
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safer. >> sanders wants to draw contrast with secretary clinton on the pacific free trade deal and keystone pipeline and iraq war. now the sanders team is working to lower the expectations. hillary clinton has lots of experience with national debates. this is sanders first time on the stage. what about the other candidates on the stage? the debate is their first chance, maybe their last chance to do something, anything to get noticed. martin o'malley, he is the former governor of maryland and former mayor of baltimore. lincoln chaffee and jim webb want some type of surge. martin o'malley has been doing rehearsals under bright lights to simulate television lighting.
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he will talk about his executive experience and mayor and governor. jim webb was the secretary of navy under president ronald reagan. chaffee was a republican for most of his career before becoming an independent as governor. now he is a democrat. he has all of the bases covered. one possible candidate not here? joe biden. will he ever be a candidate? he spent the weekend at his home in delaware with his family. you can see him here in the motorcade. aides say he will watch the debate but, debate, but it will not influence his decision to run. some say it does seem likely that is he leaning toward running right now. he does have real deadlines approaching. a filing deadline to get in the georgia primary is at the end of the month. other states follow after that.
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stay with cnn for coverage of the first democratic presidential debate. we'll be here all day and tune in tonight. the debate begins at 8:30 p.m. eastern time right here on cnn. on the republican side, a rough reception for donald trump at the no labels convention in new hampshire that places a premium on cooperation and civility in government. he could not help adding it is better to compromise and win. the republican frontrunner bragged about the poll numbers and ability to knock rivals out of the race. let's get more from sara murray in manchester. >> reporter: good morning, christine and john. it wasn't trump's usual day on the trail. here in manchester, instead of meeting with a crowd of adoring fans, he met with skeptical voters. he was at the event of no
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labels. some in the crowd were skeptical of donald trump to work across the aisle. he faced combative questions how he would treat women if he was president. >> if you become president, will a woman make the same as a man and do i get to choose who i do with my body? >> you will make the same if you do as good a job. you will make the same if you do as good a job. i happen to be pro life. okay? i'm pro life. >> reporter: trump was a number of candidates here yesterday. including john kasich and lindsay graham. all those candidates womill be back on the trail. as for trump, he will keep an eye on the democratic debate. he says he will be watching. he is not rooting for anyone in
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particular. back to you, christine and john. >> sara, thank you. donald trump told fox news he believes clinton should be behind bars for using a private e-mail server as secretary of state. >> what she has done is serious and everybody else who has done it has gone to jail or certain problems like you would not believe. the example of general petraeus. with that said, i would love to run against her. she is so flawed. she did such a bad job as secretary of state. i think she is very beatable. she should not be allowed to run. >> jeb bush and carly fiorina are targeting clinton's record. jeb bush tweeted hillary clinton is rewriting her history of weakness and wrong choices on iran. fiorina tweeted a fund raising pitch. are you ready to beat hillary? get your official ready to beat hillary sticker with a donation of $5 or more.
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$5, christine romans. most of the tables here are $10 minimums. i don't think you can put $5 on anything. you can do a hard six at the craps table. >> what is your game of choice, john? >> craps. craps. best odds. >> it is clear the republican strategy to hit hillary clinton. the question for tonight, mean versus nice. if you are trying to stand down against hillary clinton. what do you think bernie sanders' strategy is in some of the early guidance from the campaign is he will hit first? >> that's what they claim. they say he won't hit back at all. he won't mention her name unless she mentions his. the campaign suggestions that they could go two hours without sanders saying hillary clinton. i would not bet on that that bernie sanders would not mention hillary clinton's name. one of the things that the candidates do is talk about
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contrast. contrast is a loaded word in politics. it means vote for me. not the other guy. the thing of how sharply you want to draw those contrasts, it depends. the attack scale. a sharp contrast can be taken personally. they need to distinguish themselves from each other. they actually like each other. >> so interesting. they both want to go after what is a rigged system. income inn equality. the little guy doesn't have a fair shot. wall street, they say hillary clinton's probably the best for them. they are not concerned about her. they are concerned about bernie sanders. maybe that's how they try to draw sanders. john berman, people are just coming out of dinner walking by you. it is early where you are, my friend. our coverage of cnn's democratic
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presidential debate continues all morning long. let's get to other news. of the u.s. with the help from syrian rebels fighting russia. we have the latest developments next.
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civil war is prompting rival rebel groups to team up for a unified front. let's bring in journalist jill dougher dougherty. jill, we have the united states dropping ammunition to rebel groups. we have russia supporting the assad regime. at odds with the rebel groups. it is a dangerous situation. >> reporter: it is on many sides. you have this proxy war going on on the ground and in the air, you have both countries, russia, united states in a coalition carrying out air attacks. and that is why the two sides, pentagon and defense ministry last week, began some discussions. they had two discussions which were teleconferences trying to figure out how to make sure
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those maplanes do not crash int each other over syria. this is a situation both sides say they want seems to be far away. at this point it is a military operation. on the ground where you have the russians with the air power helping the syrian forces on the ground to push back what russia would say is isis and what the united states would say could be more like opposition forces perhaps with a few rebels or terrorists thrown in. confusing situation and politically it doesn't seem to be getting anywhere off the ground in terms of resolution. >> jill, the u.s. up to this point has not had success with the rebel groups. any indication? too early to tell or if they are having a better job now? >> reporter: that's a very good question. that has plagued them from the
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beginning. who were these groups? were they a coherent fighting force? could they actually be terrorists who want to get arms from the united states and west? that question really is not resolved. after all, the united states had a $500 million training program that it had to end last week because it yielded almost no results. so the question for the united states and for the west is how do you support those forces and can you trust them? can they ultimately be a coherent force to fight back against assad forces who are being reinforced by russian air strikes? >> jill dougherty in moscow watching this. thank you. time for an early start on your money. a setback for stocks around the world. asia markets mostly lower. weak trade data in china gets the blame. european markets, u.s. stock futures are down. let's relish the good day on
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wall street yesterday. dow just shy of 50 points for seven straight days of gains. the nasdaq and s&p also up slightly. breaking overnight. another huge merger. beer merger. anheuser-busch inbev in the deal of sab miller. sab miller rejected four earlier bids. regulators of course have to approve this deal. if it goes through, bud miller would be a super brewery with half of the world's top 40 beers. two days in a row. two very big deals on wall street. we are just hours from cnn's democratic presidential debate. inside look at what to expect live from vegas is next.
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we are live on the las vegas strip outside the wynn las vegas site of the very first democratic debate here on cnn. now under 16 hours away. you can see the countdown clock. 15 hours and 37 minutes. it's like it's right now. what are the rules of engagement
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for the debate as the candidates face-off? tom foreman has more. >> reporter: they will be rated according to the strength in polls. hillary clinton in the middle. their poll standing will determine the order of opening and closing statements. no candidate can bring a phone or a tablet or notes or any props on stage. they will be given a pad of paper and pen and they will have water if they need it. what will they face? an all cnn panel this time around. the moderator will be our own anderson cooper. he is joined by dana bash and juan carlos lopez and don lemon is looking for facebook questions. each candidate will have one minute to answer a question. if somebody gets brought up in somebody's answer, they have 30 seconds to respond to that. i should note that anderson has
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the discretion to let any part of the conversation go on longer if he feels for any reason. you can bet the candidates will try to rise in the polls. christine, john. >> thanks, tom. christine. it really is one of the fascinating questions. jim webb, lincoln chaffee and martin o'malley. how is hillary clinton or bernie sanders prepare for those? how do you prepare to face a candidate who has nothing to lose on the debate stage? it will be interesting to see. >> nothing to lose and everything to offer. if she would want a presidency, would you want a job if she is president? >> especially a guy like martin o'malley. more establishment, mainstream
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welcome back. let's get an early start on your money. i'm christine romans. a setback for stocks around the world. asian markets lower. weak trade data in china gets the blame. you know, let's relish the longest winning streak since last year. the dow closed higher yesterday. the corporate earnings roll in. we will hear from intel and jpmorgan chase today. the biggest beer merger in history overnight. anheuser-busch inbev buying sab miller. bud miller would be a super brewery with half of the world's top 40 beers. try using apple's news app
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