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in us. that's why i'm speaking tonight. that's why i speak right before the vp and that's why don spoke last night. he has immense trust in our family, and we love the man. i've sat across the table from him for the last ten years negotiating deals all over the world and there is no better person to lead this country and no better person to negotiate for this country and no better person with this backbone and he would do such an amazing job. >> that does it for me this hour. our special coverage from cleveland continues now with erin burnett "out front." ♪ ♪ good evening. i'm erin burnett. welcome to a special edition of "out front" live from the republican national convention. breaking news. the convention is about to be called to order. we are moments away from the crucial kickoff to this important night. we are counting down to one of the most anticipated events of
the entire convention this evening. mike pence, the republican party's vice presidential nominee will be taking the stage. the indiana governor and former talk radio host making the biggest speech of his life tonight. he has to prove he's the right man for this job, and that he can unite a deeply divided party. pence waiting on the ground with his family and trump's family this afternoon as trump approached in his own chopper, a flight of only 800 yards from his plane. the helicopter circling for the cameras in maximum, dramatic effect, and as you see, the two men there greeting each other this afternoon. jim acosta is "out front" tonight on the floor here in clear land. jim, the stakes are very high for governor pence tonight. >> reporter: they are very high, erin. this is the biggest speech of mike pence's life of his political career, and i can tell you from talking to a source close to the trump campaign there is some concern that mike pence may have to do a little cleanup after we hear from texas
senator ted cruz, donald trump's ex-rival from the bitter primary process. there is some concern that ted cruz will stop very short of any kind of endorsement and that will force mike pence to essentially give donald trump when he comes out here on stage tonight the conservative good housekeeping seal of approval to settle the delegates down here in cleveland because there is still concern inside the republican party that donald trump is a true conservative. i did talk to a pence aide earlier today who said mike pence is a conservative and as they say, he's just not mad about it, but at the same time he is known inside the republican party as a con seko e conservative warrior and he will be making the issue that hillary clinton should not be president of the united states and there is a feeling inside the pence camp and inside the trump camp that mike pence has a very big job ahead of him tonight. i talked to a couple of delegates inside the hall who said he has a tough act to follow after chris christie.
a lot of people inside this convention are very impressed with the so-called indictment that chris christie handed down last night aimed at hillary clinton. they'd like to see mike pence, even though he's known as midwestern mike, nice guy, they'd like to get him closer to where christie was in tone and content from what we heard last night, erin. >> jim acosta, thank you very much. as we count you down to the speech and the gaveling in tonight. two of trump's main rivals for the republican nomination are also going to be speaking tonight and all eyes will be o senator ted cruz and senator marco rubio as they take the stage here tonight. combined they got about 600 delegates to vote for them. as a percentage of the total, that's the most to not vote for the nominee since the contested convention of 1976, all right? so this is crucial. this is a divided party. dana bash is on the floor, and dana, you know, was there no love lost between trump and either of these men during the campaign, and yet tonight they're supposed to speak on his behalf and you don't even have
an endorsement yet from ted cruz. >> reporter: we don't, and the open question is how he will address that elephant in the room about the fact that he has not endorsed donald trump. now, i was told yesterday not to expect a full-throated endorsement, but i can tell you just from talking to delegates here on the floor, especially from ted cruz's own state of texas, there's a lot of pressure on him to do just that. whether or not he actually says i endorse, even to say this party should unite. we have a nominee. let's move forward. the question, though, is what the people who simply don't want trump at all who voted for ted cruz like a man who came up to cruz in a rally today and said do not endorse. whether that pressure will be what he listens to at the end of the day. we are certainly waiting for that. at the same time you mentioned his rivals, one of donald
trump's former rivals, john kasich, the governor of the state of ohio is in such a war of words and the animosity has built up between the two campaigns, kasich and trump as the week has progressed for lots of reasons and mainly because kasich has refused to step foot in this arena and has anything to do with this convention. today, we were told by sources close to john kasich that donald trump, jr., called a top aide to kasich offering him a vp slot and saying that he could be in charge of domestic and foreign policy to which the trump campaign fired back saying it is simp simply not true. one aide said that kasich is just a sore loser, but the fact that it's being leaked and the fact that they're going back and forth again shows you that there is a very, very deep rift. it's not just personal. it is about the principles and the conservative philosophy that donald trump has versus kasich
and frankly, what we're going to hear from ted cruz and even marco rubio by video tonight. >> all right. thank you very much, dana bash. out front now, the former adviser to presidents reagan and clinton, david gergen and our political director david chalian, and former president of trump productions andy dean who supports donald trump, ana navarro -- >> who doesn't support donald trump. >> in case you haven't been watching cnn over the past year. >> and bakari sellers, hillary clinton supporter. >> david gergen, let me just start. without a doubt, this is the most important night of mike pence's career. there is so much at stake tonight for him. >> there is, indeed. what he has to do is help this convention pivot away from the negativity and the sense of discord and the sort of -- this has aren't had a lot of crackle in this hall compared to most conventions and if ted cruz and pence can turn that around tonight they would really help trump sail in tomorrow night and
he can go in with a lot of momentum, but i tell you, i was there in 1976 when we had the most contested, the last most contested convention and reagan was the challenger and in the ted cruz division and he was pretty high up and ford came out and at first reagan wouldn't do it and he did come down and he was extraordinarily magnanimous in his speech and ford went on to win the election. >> he could see this as a path to his future. >> when you look at mike pence, 55% of voters have no opinion or have no idea who he is, okay? that's a bad thing, but it could be a good thing, right? he's got the opportunity to change minds and enlighten people, but it does make tonight's speech that much more important. it cannot be milk toast. it cannot be bland, and it cannot be fine. >> this is the best shot he gets during the entire campaign to define himself on his terms. the other time that the country will tune in large will be when
he debates hillary clinton, the vice presidential candidate in the fall and that will not be solely on his terms. this is the best time for him to take the 55% that don't know him, introduce himself in a way that serves as a conduit to bring more people onboard with donald trump. that's his mission tonight to be a real trump validater for some folks that have been wear to get onboard the trump train. >> your sources say it matters for voters and also for donors. are they going to get onboard because of the vp? because of mike pence? >> we don't know the answer and there are still many people on the side lines and certainly people watching to see how this ticket gels and whether mike pence can have some influence, you know, in terms of policy on donald trump. the rickets family that actually was behind a lot of the anti-trump earlier are apparently on the fence. the koch brothers are under a lot of pressure to come over and
finally support donald trump so we'll be watching to see what happens and whether the chemistry there can help pull some of these people over the line. >> and you now see, ana, a real attempt at chemistry between trump and pence. first there was all this criticism. look at what we saw today. a little bit of love. >> well, it was a little bit of love. i mean, i was watching when pence and trump saw each other. this was not a warm embrace. this is obviously people who don't know each other and are getting to know each other and it's still an awkward. now it's not an awkward first date. it's still an awkward second date. i agree with david, this is mike pence's big, big opportunity to make a first impression. you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. fortunately, for mike pence the other day when donald trump introduced him he introduced him for 30 minutes so he hardly got a chance to get a word in edgewise. this is his big shot. >> this is his big shot, bakari
and you will see him again because you will see trump right before pence tonight. so there will be more interaction. >> mike pence has a very, very difficult job tonight because what no one has seen throughout this entire convention, let alone this campaign is any depth from donald trump or the donald trump campaign. last night, i believe, the theme was make america work again, but we don't know what donald trump's jobs plan is. we don't know how he's going to stimulate the economy and before he chimes in, i'll give you the fact that he wants to renegotiate trade deals and there is no jobs plan and no plan to stimulate the economy whatsoever. mike pence is a wonk. mike pence has to go out there and do something outside of what governor christie did which is lead the salem witch trials last night and put forth an agenda for a trump presidency. no one can tell me what a trump presidency in terms of policy will look like. mike pence has that chance. >> donald will cut taxes and i'll e-mail you the link to the huge trump economic plan. >> that would drop us into
another recession, so if he says that, thank god. >> i disagree with you 100%, but look. you say it's difficult and i think it's rather easy because mike pence is a professional. that's why he was picked. he's not an unknown quantity. i think whether you like sarah palin or not will feel that backlash for at least another decade where you will not have another pick that's a complete surprise and mike pence has been doing this his entire life and one of the reasons why donald trump wanted to pick him is he wasn't this unknown quantity. washington insiders know him. >> washington insiders do. >> it's not easy and i'll tell you why, we saw last night here some very seasoned, professional politicians speak, people who are policy wonks and this room was very, very flat. if mike pence goes that route he's going to get greeted like burnt broccoli. >> he's not rudy giuliani who was over the top, and i love giuliani, but mike pence is who he is, and mike pence office "60 minutes," the way i talk isn't
the way mike pence talks and he's a more subtle guy and he's a midwestern guy. i think it's a good pick and i think he'll do fine tonight. >> all staying with me in our special edition of "out front," tonight. remember that guy that trump called lyin' ted cruz. cruz still can't escape donald's shadow and the breaking news, the trump campaign doing a 180 on the plagiarism charges. why can they not stop the bleeding and we are moment away from hearing from trump and marco rubio and one of the men who was on the short list of vp, newt gingrich. we're counting you down. we'll be right back. men.
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to you live from the republican national convention in cleveland, ohio. the convention about to be called to order. the festivities of the night about to begin. we are learning from trump's aides at this moment that he is expected to take the stage with mike pence tonight and a crucial night it is as the trump
campaign is dealing with the fallout over melania trump's speech. a writer is admitting that parts of melania's speech came directly from michelle obama's 2008 convention remarks and that writer is taking responsicity and offered her resignation and donald trump said he won't accept it. meredith mci'ver wrote in part, mr. trump told me we make innocent mistakes and we learn and grow from these experiences. sarah is on the convention floor. this is a big admission from the trump campaign and they completely and point-blank denied there was any plagiarism and obviously now admitting it today. >>. >> that's right, erin. paul manafort has been out there saying melania trump did not take from michelle obama's speech and he had a feisty, change where chris cuomo where he was down playing saying there was a couple of similar words and to see this statement now is more of an acknowledge that, look, these were phrases that
appeared in michelle obama's speech and they were word for word in a number of cases and it was an indication from the trump campaign that it took a while for them to get there, they realize it was not necessarily a controversy that was just going to go away and they had hoped to stall on it, and hoped to turn the page. instead, this is a narrative that dominated the first three days of the convention. you wonder why they would not put that statement out on tuesday morning, put this issue to bed and move on instead of having the shadow hang over tuesday night and where we saw tiffany trump and where we also saw donald trump, jr., and tonight when we're expecting to hear from eric trump. >> sara murray, thank you very much. paul manafort, and you heard sara mention his exchange with chris cuomo. chris cuomo pressed him and pressed him fairly. he was asked repeatedly since melania trump's speech and for all of you, i want to play you what paul manafort has had to say on every television network over the past few days.
>> to think that she would be cribbing michelle obama's words is crazy. to think she would do something like that knowing how krut niced her speech was going to be last night is absurd. as far as we are concerned the speech is melania's speech. >> there were not that many similarities and there was nothing that she did in that speech. >> that speech reflected her values and not michelle obama's, there is nothing plagiarized about that. >> why didn't they own up to this from the beginning? why spend all these days and time saying all those things? why not just say we messed up. made a mistake. sorry? >> i think first, the time line is important. this happened very late monday night and trump was on a flight back from cleveland to new york. by the time they woke up on tuesday morning --? yeah, but today's wednesday. >> it was correctioned a couple of hours ago. i'll be honest. it was not good politics and if paul manafort, and -- i don't want to say smart, because i'll
get, mails, we'll look into it, and let us investigate and let us look into it and it buys you a couple of days and puts the story on the backburner. it became big news today because they confronted the story again. i thought it was going to go away. >> let me just tell you, it wasn't going away. >> and during hillary clinton's convention you can come out with what happened. i think the fact that they came out with the results today. to me, they needed to investigate what was going on. >> ana, they lost 36 hours of convention time where they could have talked about the convention and instead people were talking about how a speech was plagiarized and they wouldn't admit it. >> completely self-inflicted wound. complete loss of time. they have rained on their own parade. this is the donald trump show. this is the donald trump convention and we have been distracted by this stupid, amateur mistake now for 36 hours. why did they do it? because that's what they've done for the last year and a half. they've made mistakes. they've done things and said things that would have killed any other campaign, and the next
day they come out and double down and it's worked for them. they didn't realize they're now playing in a different league. it will not go away. it will bloom. >> this campaign has won. >> i think andy's sentiment is the reason why they're struggling so much because the sentiment that trump's won, so we can continue to run this campaign like the bad news bears and make these mistakes that are unforced errors. this is a general election and the world is watching. you're running up against a complete machine in the hillary clinton campaign that will take advantage of all of these mistakes and you cannot continue to not have a ground game and not have a communications department. i understand you are on a plane, but if you can't come out with a release that owns it and fire some 26-year-old immediately? >> you need to give me some loving like this song is saying right now. there are always loyal things that come up to the convention. was it handled per electly? absolutely not, when he got a
function of this campaign, and turnout was over 50%. >> hold on! i want to -- >> the trump show for melania trump, her first big speech and she has been embarrassed terribly. plagiarism is a very serious act -- >> here's what donald trump tweeted today about it. good news, if melania's speech got more attention in any of history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press. >> he is happy that his wife is getting attention. >> i can guarantee he's not happy. here's what i think. i don't think it took him 24 hours. i think it took him one hour to figure out what happened and they decided to stonewall. they made an intentional decision to mislead people and try to stick by it and then they got their hand caught because it blew up as a story and we all agree on the sloppiness that went into it beforehand, but here you've got a campaign that
has said if paul manafort has said we're copying this campaign after richard nixon in 1968. and here, when trouble broke, what do they do? they came out and stonewalled. >> they copied richard nixon. >> i don't understand that. why do that? >> trump sat down with abc tonight for an interview and said people make mistakes and this woman made a mistake and he said i've made mistakes and people make mistakes which is something you really don't hear from trump all that often, clearly trying -- >> as a matter of fact, he said to anderson cooper when anderson asked him whether he ever apologized, he said no. we're close to the first time. >> i wouldn't call it an apology. >> an acknowledgement of a problem. >> he clearly wants to move on from it. i think there are tweets that he sent out that was right before they were rolling out the statement, and i do believe that
they lamped the boil on this today, yes, 36 hours too late, but you know what? i really think tomorrow night his speech is going to wipe so much of this away because there will be such a huge moment and they needed to deal with this before that. >> next, breaking news as the convention is about to be called to order and you hear the music getting everyone ready and ted cruz will take the stage very soon. will trump's ex-rival endorse limb? it is the crucial question tonight along with mike pence's big speech and all of the bashing of hillary clinton over the past few days, are these attacks going to bring republicans together or are they going to start saying good things about donald trump tonight? you've wished upon it all year, and now it's finally here. the mercedes-benz summer event is back, with incredible offers on the mercedes-benz you've always longed for. but hurry,
edition of "out front." i am live from the republican national convention here in cleveland, and you hear the music because the breaking news is we are just moment away from the convention tomorrow alley being called to order tonight that will kick off all of our prime time speakers tonight and it is an important roster. senator ted cruz on that list, a
man who has called trump a pathological liar, a narcissist and serial philanderer. will cruz endorse that man? sunlen serfaty is out front. >> reporter: for donald trump and ted cruz their road to cleveland has had its ups and downs. at the beginning -- >> we both agreed that we started out at friends and will end as friends. >> reporter: to this. donald, you are a sniffling coward and leave heidi the hell alone. >> reporter: their complicated relationship culminating on stage tonight in a prime time address from the texas senator who has yet to endorse the gop nominee. in cleveland today, cruz holding an event to thank his delegates never mentioning trump once by name. >> our party now has a nominee, and i don't know -- >> reporter: interrupted by that nominee's plane flying overhead. >> that was pretty well orchestrated. >> reporter: and a chance from cruz supporters calling for
another presidential run. >> you know, there's a lot of talk about unity. i want to see unity and the way to see unity is for us to unite behind shared principles. >> reporter: at the start of the campaign, the rivals acted more like allies. >> i think it is terrific that donald trump is in the race. >> reporter: appearing together at a rally in washington to oppose the iran deal. >> well, it is a little bit of a romance. i like him. he likes me. he's backed me 100%. when i talked about illegal immigration. >> reporter: praising each other on the campaign trail. >> he has an incredible ability to cause the media to talk about an issue that is a serious problem. >> reporter: but all that changed in the days before the iowa caucuses. the bromance was broken. >> everything in donald's world is about donald. donald is a bully, donald trump is a serial philanderer. >> lyin' ted. he's a liar. ooh!
bible high, bible high, puts it down and then he lies. >> reporter: the two launching a series of charges and county attacks going after the other's character and family members. >> i don't make a habit out of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family. >> ted cruz is desperate. look, i think ted is a very unstable guy. >> reporter: aides to cruz will not definitively say if the senator will make a formal endorsement on stage tonight saying stay tuned, but assuring that the trump campaign will be pleased with cruz's speech. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and senator cruz wrote the speech himself with the help of about four or five aides and asked about the tone and the message that he will take tonight, an adviser to senator cruz says he will be talking about all about moving forward and projecting optimism. >> sunlen, thank you very much. my panel is back with me as we are awaiting that crucial
gaveling in. david gergen, at this point sources say there's not a plan for a cruz endorsement tonight. he could still change that. he could still come out and give a full-throated endorsement of a man that by all beings he despises because it's the right thing to do. will he do it? >> first of all, i'm not a believer in conspiracy theory, but you have to wonder if the sponsors turned the music way out so loud that will drown out all commentary for the next hour. >> until ted cruz is done. >> it's unbelievable. >> if he endorses, they'll turn down the music. listen -- >> i know i'm still republican base because i kind of like it. >> right. there was a statement in the music about the party, but go ahead. >> yeah. listen, i think he will endorse tonight, i just think it's in his political interest to do so, but ted cruz, he and donald trump are very strong-willed men. they believe very, very power l powerfully in who they are and
what they're going to accomplish and i think he knows his own future is on the line that the trump people will be so disappointed one way or the other, if he doesn't endorse tonight there will be bad blood. >> there are so many delegates that i talked to over the last week who were here early, who were just die hard ted cruz supporters who do not want to see him take that step and actually endorse. they feel that, you know, donald trump does not represent their principles and so you have to think about the calculation that ted cruz is going through tonight thinking about potentially winning in 2020. how can he keep, you know, his base supporters with him, not look like a sellout and still not anger the trump organization? >> she's not just talking about if donald trump loses. if donald trump wins as president you can foresee ted cruz making a primary challenge to becoming president donald trump, too. 2020 is looking at -- when i saw this event this afternoon on tv,
i wasn't there, it looked like it was a mini ted cruz convention in cleveland with his delegates and his supporters. i don't recall -- i mean, i get that you want to have praise for your supporters and thank them for their support and holding this very public event and at the same time donald trump is landing. >> i want to just play this moment. >> sure. >> because ted cruz is talking to his supporters outside almost like he wasn't even invited into the convention and donald trump flies over, literally. can i just play it for everyone? >> our party now has a nominee and i don't know -- [ crowd booing ] >> all right. that was pretty well orchestrated! [ laughter ] jeff, did you e-mail them to fly the plane right when i said that?
>> i mean, ana, he laughed, and he made a joke of it which speaks well for ted cruz. >> you know what? ted cruz has always been pretty witty, pretty quick humor, i would say. go ahead and call me whatever you want. i will tell you this much, remember who ted cruz is. this is the guy who does not play in the sandbox. this is the guy who does not cower or bow down to political pressure from the hierarchy. this is this man. let's also remember, donald trump called his wife ugly and said his father was implicated in the conspiracy to kill jfk. this was ugly. it was deep. it was nasty, and i think, you know, ted cruz at some point has to go there and do what he thinks is right and what's in his heart because that's -- >> andy, there's so much risk tonight, though, because of all of those things. ted cruz, it is a risk to donald trump because he doesn't know what he's going to say.
>> i think we do know what he's going to say to most extent and he'll talk about hillary clinton and the fact that he's going to hit her so hard may not be a de facto endorsement of donald trump, but i think we get the benefit of the doubt. was that reince priebus speaking in i prefer neil diamond. >> we will take a brief break as the convention is being called to order. all of the events taking place on the other side of this break. reince priebus bringing it to order and we will bring you back here live from the republican convention. excuse me...i think there's a misprint. oh. model year end clarence event. looks right to me. shouldn't it be clear- clearly... it is time to get a great deal and a reward card on this turbocharged jetta. gotta make room for the 2017 models. it is a clarence event. why is that so hard for people to understand? it seems clar to me... clear to me. ready for a test drive? whatever you want to call it, don't miss the volkswagen model year end event. hurry in for a $1,000 volkswagen reward card and 0% apr on a new 2016 jetta.
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and welcome back to our special edition of "out front." you are hearing right now the national anthem playing as this convention is formally brought to order this wednesday night. [ cheers and applause ] and now the convention is brought to order as we said. mike pence speaking tonight. ted cruz speaking tonight. marco rubio, newt gingrich, eric trump. it will be a very crucial and important list, as you hear them chanting "usa" getting ready for the festivities tonight. one thing that has stood out in the speeches that we have seen so far here in cleveland is that donald trump has not gotten as many mentions as hillary clinton. hillary clinton, in fact, has been bashed by speaker after speaker and her name mentioned much more often than that of donald trump. >> hillary clinton is a risk americans can't afford to take.
>> we know exactly what four years of hillary clinton will bring. all of the failures of the obama years, but with less charm and more lies. >> we didn't disqualify hillary clinton to be president of the united states. the facts of her life and career disqualify her. >> no way, hillary. no way on earth. >> so what will happen tonight? will we hear a lot of pro-donald trump or more anger against hillary clinton? pamela brown is on the floor as this convention comes to order. pamela, that's the big question tonight. >> you can expect it, erin. in years past we know that the opponent has usually hammered away one night and it seems that hillary clinton is the target every night here at the republican convention. she's really the unifying force and a party so very much divided over donald trump. we know that governor mike pence is expected to call for the status quo. you can expect ted cruz who has not formally endorsed donald trump to hit on hillary clinton and we counted just the past
couple of nights donald trump's name was mentioned 61 times versus 79 times for hillary clinton ask you heard the crowd here last night get galvanized whenever her name was mentioned and they kept chanting "lock her up, lock her up." some of the people coming out against her such as giuliani have praised her in the past and they're saying this because we're right in the middle of an election year. erin? >> thank you very much. my panel is back with me and rick perry didn't mention donald trump and paul ryan did and barely only to say he's better than hillary clinton to advance my agenda in congress. what does it is a about the party that what seems to unite the speakers is anger against hillary clinton and not for donald trump. >> think you laid it out. that's exactly what it is. we are a divided party. some people want to sugar coat it and whitewash it and they want to be more subtle about it, but there is no doubt that right now there are deep divisions within the republican party, but what there is unity around is the idea that hillary clinton
should not be president, and so therein lies such a problem for so many republicans that don't want to support donald trump. some of them are supporting donald trump not because they support donald trump, but because they can't fathom and stand the idea of hillary clinton. some of them are just saying, folks like jeb bush and mitt romney, i'm not going to vote for president. i'm going to vote down ballot because they can't fathom the idea of him either. >> other than newt gingrich, who else tonight? marco rubio and ted cruz, will they come out and say donald trump, donald trump? >> i disagree with ana and i agree with her to some extent. . the elites of the party are divided and that's not what this election was about. 14 million people and more than any other nominee in the history of america voted against the exleet. these sgovernors and senators. >> we keep talking about this number that donald trump got the most votes ever in the history of the republican primary, which
is true, and 2 million more people voted against donald trump in that same republican primary than voted for him. >> the person tonight -- the person tonight who i believe has the best opportunity to actually put some meat on the bone is newt gingrich because what has not happened throughout this entire process, what has not happened throughout this process is no one here has given the american public a reason to vote for donald trump. everything in here -- >> his kids were amazing and everything in here has been vote against hillary clinton and vote against hillary clinton and vote against hillary clinton and newt gingrich has the ability to do that. >> to follow up on bakari's point and how you mentioned there was a job and the economy and the things that really count. >> exactly. >> education. >> there were things missing from this. >> donald trump did a great job last night, but what's been missing from this is a sense of vision and a hope and a plan to get there and they're leaving all of this to donald trump
right now. i think michael pence has an easy job so donald trump can come back and do his job tomorrow night, but they've got to turn to the positive. >> they have not, you know, given that bridge here to those independent voters who are going to be so crucially important in this election. there has been almost nothing. there's been hillary bashing and benghazi, et cetera. >> right. >> we have not seen a way that will draw in independent women who donald trump has a huge problem with. >> all right. thanks to all. next, our special edition of "out front" continues here live from the republican national convention and we're going down to the floor right after this. ♪
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keynote tonight mike pence introduced by donald trump. joining me now on the floor of the rnc, tom barrett, founder of colony capital who has known donald trump for 40 years and known donald trump's children and you will be speaking here at this convention tomorrow night and his children. this speech tomorrow is crucial and this is his big chance to address so far in this campaign. >> i think what you can expect to hear from donald rump is something that no one has heard before. i've known the man for 40 years. he's singularly the best executive, the most disciplined, with the most amazing amount of compassion, kindness and trustworthiness that i know, and nobody's seen that. so when you think about what's happening we have an opportunity to have status quo, and i have nothing negative to say about hillary, but donald, as a
disciplined executive is far better than anybody that i can imagine, and i think you are going to see tomorrow the roll out of a lot of facts that people have not known about how good he could be when he's in the saddle and not the rhetoric, but the man. >> he'll talk about specific examples or business examples? what might we hear? >> you'll have to ask him what he's going to talk about, but what you will get on the edges is donald the man. donald, the compassionate father. donald, the caring worker. he's the only president in 40 years that has actually made a payroll. he's the only president that i can remember that's actually been an executive. so my point of view is very simple, that we have an opportunity to change and to change you have to be the change and not talk about the change and you have to look at someone who has a proven ability and i've been in the valleys with him, and i've been on the
mountains with him. he's disciplined. he's focused and has no bad habits. he's relentless and as a negotiator, he is first class. >> and that's what we will hear from you tomorrow in your speech? >> yes. >> so the other question, of course, you have hosted the single biggest fund-raiser for donald trump. you have been on the forefront of getting people to get behind him financially. so mike pence on the ticket, a lot of people are looking carefully at that. does mike pence help you? >> hugely. mike pence is a pro. so what everybody has been asking for is the pivot. so they know donald is rich. they know he's capable and they know he's a great businessman and they know he's a celebrity and they want to see a little bit of presidential tone and a little bit of that ability to build consensus, but remember, consensus just goes to the lowest common denominator, but pence is a pro and legislative enactment and governing. as chris christie, we had a transition team meeting today. i have to tell you i was so impressed as to what can happen with trump, so trump assigns
christie as a transition team management. i sat for 15 minutes and listened to him and said you've got to come with me to my wall street brethren because in 20 minutes you will convince them that we are going to do something that hasn't been done. it will be a team -- >> even though christie is not on the ticket? >> look, having christie there will be more powerful than the job that he'll take probably than vice president, but it's another sign of the capability of the man in selecting a team. these people are first-class and they're not of the system. they'll take apart the system and put it back together. >> tom barrack, thank you very much, you'll be speaking here at the convention just before donald trump and his children tomorrow night. thank you for being with me. our special coverage continues here from the floor of the convention here in cleveland with "a.c. 360." ♪ ♪
on this stage tonight, the republican's new presidential nominee will shatter convention traditions again. good evening, i'm anderson cooper. welcome to a special edition of "a.c. 360," there is no bigger name in this convention than donald trump himself and it will leverage his star power and he will show up on stage again and he will be the only nominee ever to make an appearance every single night at the convention. look for trump to join mike pence on stage after the vice presidential nominee makes his big speech tonight and his remarks will be a crucial test of what he can do to try to help the ticket. also tonight, there is a lot of mystery surrounding -- senator ted cruz, will he actually endorse donald trump and help try to unify the party? we'll find out soon. right now let's go across the hall above the convention floor and my colleague wolf blitzer, wolf, we'll hear a different tone, we are told, tonight, and we'll see if that actually
happens. >> we will find out pretty soon, anderson. after two days of hammering hill tree clinton, look for the republicans to presseent a more robust case. his soneric will help deliver the speech tonight and he said he wrote the speech himself and it will be full of love and earning motion. ivanka trump will get her turn on stage tomorrow night. just ahead, a cnn interview with donald trump's oldest daughter about the surprises in the campaign. jake tapper is with us tonight. jake, we'll be very carefully looking at these speeches. they will be krut niced. what do you anticipate? >> we will hear a lot from donald trump's former opponents. we will hear from ted cruz, as you noted and scott walker, former governor of wisconsin. we will hear a videotaped message to marco rubio, in many ways the team this evening will be uniting the republican party and also we're going to hear the speech by the vice presidential
nominee, indiana governor mike pence. indiana governor mike pence chosen in no small part because donald trump wants to unite the party. he knows that there is a lot of skepticism from the conservative wing of the republican party, people who supported ted cruz in large numbers, millions of them and he needs to convince them and mike pence and given the fact that he supported ted cruz and beyond that endorsement of ted cruz, indiana governor mike pence was a leader of the house and he is somebody who the conservatives here really, really respect. >> stand by, anderson, the program less than two minute away is about to begin. let's go back to you. >> wolf, jake, thank you very much. rick scott, obviously a crucial state for donald trump to win. he is leading right now in hillary clinton polls there, but there is a lot of work to be done. we are told hillary clinton will
be making her vice presidential announcement in florida. we will hear what governor rick scott has to say, and i am here with the panel, of course, and our colleagues. david axelrod, last night was supposed to be make america work again. we didn't tilly hear too much on the economic -- and it was back to hillary clinton time and time again. do you expect a different tone tonight? >> i think what we've learn side this party is united in its opposition to hillary clinton. the question is whether it can come together around this nominee, and i think we will have to hear more of that to be convinced that they can do that, and obviously, people will be looking for cues from ted cruz. marco rubio sent a video. i guess he won't affect himself in his campaign if he appears in video and not in person, but i think they've got a lot of work to do between now and the close of this convention tomorrow night to build the case for donald trump and not just against hillary clinton.
>> and the big speech is not just eric trump, obviously. governor pence is making a critical speech, but ted cruz, will he endorse donald trump? >> that's the huge question, anderson. you know, it seems to me that he's going to try and walk a fine line. you know, there's no love lost between these two men and what he has to do is let the republican party know that he wants to unite the party and that he's not going to work against donald trump which is actually a little different from actively endorsing donald trump, so he can walk that fine line, but we don't know. we could be surprised this evening and we'll have to see what ted cruz does. >> governor rick scott has just been introduced to this crowd. let's listen in. ♪ ♪ >> good evening. my name is rick scott, governor of the great state of florida. [ cheers and applause ]
before i begin tonight i want to express my gratitude to everyone who has kept us in their prayers after the horrific and hate-filled terror attack in orlando a month ago. we have received -- we've received an outpouring of love and support from americans everywhere. american people sure stick up for each other. so on behalf of all of the citizens of our great state, thank you, thank you, thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm old enough to remember when terrorism was something that happened in foreign countries, not today. how many more times is the evil of radical islamic terrorism have to occur before the
president of the united states will muster the courage to face the truth? how many more orlandos, san bernardinos or ft. hoods will happen until president obama decides to be honest? i cried with the grieving moms and dads and brothers and sisters of the 49 people slaughtered by the isis-inspired terrorist. this war is real. it is here in america, and the next president must destroy this evil. [ cheers and applause ] >> donald trump is the man for that job. [ cheers and applause ]
>> trump! trump! trump! >> i met donald trump about 20 years ago before either of us decided to run for office. let me tell you why this is the time for donald to be president. a lot of politicians like to give speeches where they say we are at a crossroads. that's not really where we are today. today america is in a terrible world record-high debt, our economy is not growing, our jobs are going overseas and we've allowed our military to decay and we project weakness on the international stage. washington grows while the rest of america struggles. the democrats have not let us to a crossroads. they have led us to a cliff. [ applause ]