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elise, thank you very, very much. stay with us for tonight's libertarian's town hall. anderson cooper will moderate questions and gary johnson and his running mate william weld and that's at 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. thanks for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. "out front" next, breaking news. we are waiting for donald trump about to rally supporters in florida. is his campaign unraveling? and breaking with paul ryan and john mccain and hillary clinton reaching out to republicans. a person who has done just so. let's go "out front." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "out front," tonight, the breaking news. donald trump speaking in florida and we are looking at live
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pictures from the trump rally and and he'll be introduced and he'll be there this hour and we'll be watching that. a new poll shows clinton leading trump by ten points in the national poll and mike pence breaks with trump and meeting with senator john mccain, this coming hours after trump refused to support either man's primary battle. it's the latest evidence of a campaign with disarray. members of trump's campaign telling cnn they feel like they're wasting their time in a quote from one. this afternoon, trump denied there's any problem. so i just want to tell you the campaign is doing really well. it's never been so well united. jim acosta begins our coverage out front with the trump campaign at that rally and jim, this was another day of turmoil for donald trump. >> reporter: that's right, erin and the donald trump campaign is pushing back on the notion that there is turmoil inside this
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campaign. as you mentioned donald trump said earlier today at a rally in daytona beach in this critical state of florida that his campaign is united and he has ignited yet another firestorm inside the republican party and his comments on paul ryan have high-level gop officials rallying behind the speaker and some are backing away from trump. setting off alarm bells inside the gop on almost a daily basis, donald trump's campaign is swirling in an august hurricane of his own making. >> so i just want to tell you the campaign is doing really well. it's never been so well united, and we started on june 16th been i would say right now it's the best in terms of being united than it's been since we began. >> one day after trump told "the washington post" he wasn't ready to endorse paul ryan in the re-election battle, mike pence is going his own way, announcing he fully supports the house
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speaker. >> i strongly support paul ryan, and strongly endorse his reelection. he's a longtime friend and a strong conservative leader. >> paul manafort is leading a staff that sources say is growing increasingly frustrated with its own candidate. some feel like they're wasting their time because they can't stick to the campaign's talking points when he flies off message. >> the candidate is in control of his campaign. >> manafort is pushing back on reports that some of the campaign's top surrogates like former speaker newt gingrich are scrambling to get trump back on message. the campaign is focused and the campaign is moving forward in a positive way. the only thing we have for an intervention are media types who keep saying things that aren't true. >> at a rally in daytona beach, trump veered off his attacks on hillary clinton by explaining what he meant when he attacked megyn kelly months ago.
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>> blood coming out of her eyes and i meant her nose or her ears. >> he may be going rogue, too, the current race is which of the two is most unacceptable because right now neither is acceptable. trump is hoping to win by i proving she is more unacceptable than she is. dr. ben carson predicted on cnn that trump and ryan will patch things up creating unity in the party. >> he's very pro-unity in the party and you know, he will be, obviously, onboard with paul ryan. >> reporter: we should point out the former house speaker newt gingrich is walking back his comments donald trump was unacceptable saying earlier to another publication that he does feel donald trump is acceptable for president of the united states and we should also point out that even though it has been a rocky past couple of days for this campaign, it did manage to put out a statement today
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revealing it raised some $80 million along with the rnc last month. so it goes to show even though this party is at times very much divided it can still raise huge sums of money, erin? >> thank you very much, jim. i want to go to dana bash now in washington. dana, some republicans are saying despite some of these very serious issues they saw one bright spot from trump today. >> that's right. you heard jim report that we still had kind of the donald trump show today. things that really get the people who go to his rallies riled up, whether it is talking about the old stories of megyn kelly or even him defending himself saying he didn't way back when make fun of a disabled reporter, but for the most part republicans i'm talking to tonight are breathing a small sigh of relief because he didn't pick any unwinnable fights with people he shouldn't be. whether it is gold star parents or the house speaker or even a crying baby. that didn't happen, and more
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importantly, he did start his speech earlier today in florida. the first rally, with more discussion about hillary clinton and the reasons why he doesn't think that she should be president than he has done in the past. those are positives. the bar isn't that high for a lot of these republicans that i'm talking to and they are looking for a bright spot. >> we'll see what he says in a few moment s live this hour. there has been talk given the firestorm around trump. how could they get rid of him? could you change the ticket at this point? is there a mechanism to do that? >> reporter: there is. sorry, let me back up. there is not a mechanism to get rid of donald trump if he doesn't want to go. what i was told earlier today was the concern among some republicans was that donald trump was acting in such a mercurial way particularly after the convention where he was lashing out at the incidents you and i just talked about and he was talking about the system
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being rigged going after the media even more. there was concern among some that maybe he was setting the groundwork, never mind, to potentially lose in november, but even more alarmingly to some people to say, you know what? i'm out. i think those concerns have died down, but still the answer to your question is if that happened, if there was a vacancy because he wants to drop out there are discussions going on about how that could and would happen. there actually is a rule inside the rnc that sort of speaks to what happens if there is a vacancy, but again, those are not happening within the rnc apparatus. it's just officials who are experts in this who are trying to be prepared. >> dana bash, pretty incredible that we're talking about people being prepared for such a scenario, bacile smikle along with david gergen who served as adviser to four presidents and editor in chief of the daily beast. donald trump, you heard him.
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his campaign has never been more well united than it is tonight. sources say some staffers feel they're wasting their time as dana and jim were reporting. >> who are you going to believe? the trump campaign has a problem and it's led by the candidate. obviously, there is discord and obviously there is turmoil because you have a candidate who even today as dana pointed out didn't light himself on fire today and didn't yell at a crying baby and relit the megyn kelly incident. >> and the disabled reporter. >> and the disabled reporter. donald trump will come out and say everything's great, never been better. the republican party has never been more disunited around a nominee. he went after the speaker of the house and when you do that people realize that oh, we thought we could channel this kind of crazy? this actually is not channelable and this is a dumpster fire. >> i don't mind him not
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endorsing paul ryan, and i don't mind him not doing that. when you have newt gingrich who has been his closest ally and has stood by him on every single step coming out and saying this needs to change, we need to stay on message. we are at a juncture where donald trump does need to step back and listen to newt gingrich who still believes in him. he said today donald trump can win this and he can be a historic president, but in order to do that he needs to stick to the issues and donald trump has to owe it to newt gingrich and those who stood by him, and me, as someone who stood by him. >> does he really owe it to them? because to me, this is a campaign that's been about donald trump for the entire time. does he really care about the republican party? my guess is no. i think he's in it to the end because for him it's about winning. it's not about governing. it's about winning. i just think it's laughable the
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way in which he just sort of to your point that he can't help himself. earlier today, at this rally in daytona, he said hillary clinton should get an award for founding isis and that is irresponsible rhetoric. at some point he's got to become more presidential. i don't think he can grow his base of support, but at least sound presidential. >> so, david, head of the rnc, reince priebus, we know is personally angry at donald trump over this issue of paul ryan, a close, personal friend of prinze reeb us and reebus, and gop governor of california saying they're going to vote for hillary. how bad is this situation for trump? how bad is the bleeding? can you put a band-aid on it and move on? >> erin, he's had the worst week of any major candidate i can remember in politics. he's gone from being essentially in a tie with hillary clinton
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50/50 and he can actually win this thing and now the people are really smart about this and his chances have fallen to maybe 30% at best. i think he's 2 to 1 against him now. it's just been dramatic and it's hard to tell if he's running a campaign or a circus, and i do think that when you accept the nomination, when you win the nomination of a political party it's a deal. it's a bargain. you they give you the power, and the capacity to become president of the united states and they help fuel you and in return to that, you owe them loyalty to the party in helping the party win, and you know, it goes both ways and i think when kailey is questioning him, i think it's gone too far. her comments are on target and they need an intervention with newt gingrich and say donald, if you want us to be with you the rest of the ride you have to get out of the ditch and drive this thing properly. >> on the issue if he wants the job, they could replace him and
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they're looking at the mechanism to do so just to be prepared and new poll, clinton leading trump by two points and that's a poll to show a big lead. last week "the new york times" asked donald trump whether he could beat hillary clinton and he responded, i'll let you know how i feel about it after it happens. do you think he really wants it? >> so this is the producer's theory of the entire presidential campaign that he keeps trying to lose and he keeps winning. the problem, of course, is that the primary electorate in the republican party is totally different than the electorate and that's the contradiction that the candidate and the party is confronting and the bargain here is that people like paul ryan and john mccain have been trying to walk the line condemning statements without condemning him and they have churchill's problem and it's like feeding a crocodile and hoping it eats you last. it's going to eat you. if donald trump is throwing out this scenario that he'll
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abdicate after being elected, i mean this is not a well man if that's being contemplated at any corner of his head and if we're contemplating that as well that shows a fundamental lack of confidence. >> he's not contemplating that, though. i really don't think he is. donald trump has an unparalleled ability to speak to the concerns of the american voter. he really does. his message resonates and if he can get back on that, he can get back in this. there's a lot going on. he's got to stick to the message so we can get to those issues. >> we'll talk about the $400 million to iran and whether it was ransom or not later in the program. next we're standing by for donald trump about to take the stage at that rally in florida in jacksonville tonight as his running mate, mike pence, breaks with trump endorsing paul ryan and meeting with john mccain for nearly a half an hour. can the gop ticket survive? hillary clinton scoring a major victory. which republican is team clinton tonight? an outrage over the $400 million
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plus, specially tagged vehicles get a $1000 smart bonus. only at the ford freedom sales event. ♪ feel free... breaking news, we are standing by for donald trump, live pictures in florida where he is going to address a big crowd in jacksonville. he is no longer seeing eye to eye with his running mate and he is backing paul ryan in his upcoming election. tom foreman is out front. only two weeks after republicans wrapped up their convention like a big, happy family a rip has appeared in the party ticket. donald trump says he's not ready to endorse speaker of the house paul ryan for re-election, but trump's running mate mike pence already has, and now pence is trying to smooth over the matter. >> i strongly support paul ryan and strongly support his reelection. he's a longtime friend and a strong conservative leader and i
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believe we need paul ryan in leadership in congress of the united states to rebuild our military to strengthen our economy and to and to ensure we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make america great again. >> reporter: it's not the only place pence is caught in the middle. >> you have sacrificed nothing! trump's ongoing battle with the family of u.s. army captain humayun khan, a muslim killed in iraq, has infuriated some republican leaders and voters, too. >> trump has disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans and his disrespect for mr. khan and his family -- will there ever be a point in time when you are able to look at trump in the eye and tell him enough is enough? you have a son in the military, how do you tolerate his disrespect? >> it's all right. it's all right.
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>> folks, that's what freedom looks like and that's what freedom sounds like. >> pence is playing peacemaker, staying close to script. >> donald trump and i both have said that captain khan is an american hero and we honor his service and his sacrifice. >> and as trump reignites his long fight with arizona senator john mccain withholding yet another endorsement and saying mccain has not done a good job for the vets, once again, pence is coming to the rescue meeting with mccain and talking up not only trump, but also party unity. >> and up until very recently it seems like he's been out there doing it all on his own, but now we are united. we have come together. >> the vice presidential nominee is on a very high wire here. he cannot directly contradict donald trump without potentially damaging the ticket, but pence is a key link to conservatives in the party, to the
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establishment and they also need to know that he's on their side. erin? >> tom, thank you very much. my panel is back with me. david gergen, let me start with you. we always say you've been an adviser to so many presidents and you have seen a lot of elections. just take the fact that you have mike pence endorsing paul ryan and meeting with john mccain when donald trump came out and said he can't endorse him. have you ever seen an election where a candidate has done this? >> never. they have good cop/bad cop and they've got it upside down and normally the vice presidential candidate is the bad cop and the presidential candidate is the president of everybody and wants to bring the country together and it's exactly the opposite of what we face here. the problem is not michael pence. if anything, he ought to be the one to think whether he wants to stay on the ticket and if you don't get this straight down michael pence will find it very
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uncomfortable to be your running mate and you might lose him and that would tank the whole thing. so, but the real issue here is whether trump is going to be loyal to the republican party and to his fellow republicans. he claims this is his party and to support ryan and after all if he loses paul ryan may be the most important person to bring the party back together and he owes it to john mccain because john mccain can be a valuable ally. right now he'll make a valuable ally to hillary clinton. >> if anything, it's mike pence considering leaving the ticket. i cannot do this anymore and beyond loyalty. >> yeah. mike pence is in a very difficult situation, but frankly, he's doing donald trump a favor because he's the one who is trying to unite the party after serial gaffes at the top of the ticket, but mike pence is in this for 2020, let's be real and if he all of a sudden feels
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instead of getting a boost being part of this ticket that he gets contagion and political kryptonite it's more in his interest to bail. the ticket is probably not going to break up and mike pence is playing the adult in this relationship and that's the managing up that we've never seen before in modern politics. it's a role reversal as david said. >> kailey, the other thing here is in an interview, he and donald trump don't speak every day and granted they're out speaking to different people and not speaking every day? >> they have different schedules. >> i found it refreshing today because it's authentic. you have two people on the same ticket who disagreed and hillary clinton and tim kaine would have gotten on the same page and saved face and the american people appreciate honesty, and i think it was honest when he said i'm not there yet and at the end of the day, it's whether paul ryan or his competitor gets the
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position. pence disagree period. >> tim kaine switching on the tpp and all of a sudden going to be on hillary clinton's side and on abortion, does she have a point? >> no, with all due respect. listen, the president of the united states manages a massive bureaucracy and is charged with pulling the levers of power to make sure that that bureaucracy works with everybody and even if they didn't agree with him or her, or even if they didn't vote for her. that said, what we get is not authentic and is some form of authenticity from pence and trump. that to me seems like incredible dysfunction and it's cringe worthy sort of like the "60 minutes" interview and those are cringe worthy moments that are the standard bearers of their party that don't agree on simple endorsements on members of their own party whereas clinton and kaine are folks who are two who do see eye to eye and who are
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activists at heart and kaine was in civil rights for years. they can disagree on a certain number of things and the key is for them to go out and understand the bureaucracy. >> can mike pence help donald trump? trump is at the top of the ticket and nobody votes for the vp. so he can come out and say don't worry, i'm going to say this and i'm going to do this and smooth this over, but does it really matter? >> i think -- i think it matters a lot. if you have a second maverick at the bottom of the ticket, i think this thing would be careening all over the place. i think michael pence can play the role of an anchoring force in the campaign and he will build a lot of respect, but in order to get there the candidate himself has to settle down, and he has to begin acting, you know, like someone who really cares about the republican party. i mean, going to the authenticity question, kayleigh, do you think paul ryan endorsed
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donald trump because he thought he'll be a wonderful president? no, he did it out of loyalty to the party and it does seem to me that donald trump owes loyalty to the republican party just as he's asked for it from them. >> i think his loyalty to republican voters and that's what's been confused a lot in this election is the will of the republican voters should be lifted up. paul ryan is a public servant and if the public chooses to put meland i fully expect donald trump to respect that decision and in doing so insulting republican voters. >> in due respect, that position seems to have been vindicated by the last several days at the very least and i think what's happening at the rnc is they're realizing it. let's put the pageantry aside and what happens in closed doors are republican are rolling their eyes and he's running their ballot tickets into oblivion.
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they thought they could make a deal and they're getting fried. paul ryan has been an incredibly responsib responsible, national leader and for the nominee to say he's agnostic one week out or to say john mccain doesn't treat his vets well, that's not only 100 days out and that's not only not responsible and that's not rooted in reality. >> it's not about the party and it's about the people. it's very simple. >> we'll leave it there for now, thank you all. >> tonight's libertarian ticket, don't miss gary johnson and john weld making their case tonight at 9:00. out front, donald trump at that rally. a big crowd there and our jim acosta is on the ground and we're watching that and we'll bring that to you and hillary clinton working the phones calling on big-name republicans, and one who said yes is out front next and donald trump on the $400 million payment on iran. >> it was being shipped overnight to iran. $400 million.
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hillary clinton ripping into donald trump for attacking the father of a muslim-american soldier killed in iraq. >> anyone who spends his time insulting our military, insulting gold-star families. this is not someone who understands the honor and duty of serving america. >> joe johns is traveling with hillary clinton, and i know you're "out front" in commerce city, colorado, john. clinton not letting trump's comments on the khan family go at all today. >> reporter: that's absolutely right, and i have to tell you they're walking a line here in many ways, erin. on the one hand they want to keep the story going and they're trying to keep the story going and on the other hand they don't want to go overboard with it so today she chose essentially to mention gold-star families and
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donald trump, but did not mention the khan family directly. listen to how she put it. oh, check that. we don't have the sound bite. nonetheless, it's important to say there that hillary clinton has tried very hard over this period to walk a line, and you ask why. the simple fact is, as many analysts have observed, when your enemy, when your opponent is treading water the one thing you don't want to do is throw that individual a rope and that essentially is what hillary clinton's campaign is trying to do, erin. >> joe, she's also, i know, you've been reporting reaching out to republicans, making calls. hewlett-packard ceo and former lieutenant governor of california meg whitman is now supporting clinton. >> reporter: right. she's the biggest prize and again the hillary clinton
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campaign has been pushing a long time talking about the divisions in the republican party and how there are a number of republicans who do not like donald trump. interesting, with meg whitman she said she's going to vote for hillary clinton, but they're also playing up those individuals in the republican party who say they're just not going to vote for donald trump. among them, mark roscoe, the former governor of montana and also former chair of the republican national committee, he said in an op-ed on july 1st of "the washington post" he cannot endorse or support donald trump. that's a completely different category of individuals who haven't said they're going to vote for hillary clinton, but say they're not going to vote for donald trump. they think that helps them a lot as we move toward the general election. >> thank you very much, joe johns. >> former spokesman for the reagan administration. he is an organizer for republicans for hillary clinton. voting for hillary clinton, and the rnc communications director and for those who don't know
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your position, you are not going to vote for donald trump and you've been very clear about that, and you are not voting for hillary clinton and hillary clinton is trying to get you onboard to try to say i've got two choices and between the two, hillary clinton is my choice. you won't do it and you're writing in paul ryan. i can't vote for hillary clinton. i watched her record as secretary of state. i thought it was a disaster. donald trump said that he thought hillary clinton would be a great secretary of state. i disagree with his analysis of that and many other foreign policy questions. i can't go in either direction. the other reason is i watched paul ryan on cnn with jake tapper in the town hall and it was the best espowsal i've seen in my life time if not back to when ronald reagan first ran in 1980 and that's the leadership conservatives are looking for. paul ryan is going to be the nominee on the ballot and i have to look at myself in the mirror in the morning, but i have to do that and be proud of who i voted
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for and that's a constitutional conservative. >> doug, let me ask you this question. what do you say to doug when he says he cannot vote for hillary clinton and will you be proud when you look in the mirror that you did so? >> first of all, i think that doug, with all due respect, is throwing away his vote and if not really voting for donald trump. you know, if he really wants to help paul ryan, he ought to move to wisconsin where paul ryan is in a fight for his primary congressional seat. i think really it's about time for doug and others to put on their big boy pants and support hillary clinton and to look at her through a different lens because honestly, she is more prepared than really anybody in a generation to lead this nation and when one looks at her and contrast to donald trump who is unraveling and in the process unraveling the republican party, there's no contest. >> doug, throwing away your vote? >> i'm never going to say anybody is throwing away a vote.
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my vote isn't a vote i make at the ballot box and it's a vote i make, and -- >> your candidate is not going to win. >> yeah. that certainly looks to be the case. i understand that. there's also libertarian candidate who will be on cnn tonight so it's not merely a binary choice. i reject that argument, as well, but i'm not going to be critical of doug for how he votes. if this is important to him that's how he should vote and i have a larger concern and it emphasizes how there are no good options for republicans, of those down ballot races who will suffer because of trump's presence as a republican nominee. i talked to a republican member of congress from a not swing district who will lose 20 to 25% of republicans who aren't going to show up and that means he's in a swing district and we need those republicans to show up and vote in all of the racees. >> do you think you're causing the harm by having republicans going over to hillary clinton causing a permanent problem in your party? >> think donald trump is causing
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the permanent problem in our party. >> i do agree with that. >> i do think it's important at this point in time to put country over party. now is the time for everybody to come together and support hillary clinton and to look at her through a different lens. i really do believe that a lot of people who are supporting donald trump are doing it because they just don't like what they've heard about hillary clinton over the last 30 years. they just need to take another look, just like i have and frankly, a lot of other republicans who are all coming in with me. you know, you can see the dominos falling and we need to save this country before we save the party. >> and you think you're going to get them? are you out there now trying to get more republicans to vote for hillary clinton, doug? >> absolutely. there is a congressman from new york who said he was going to vote for hillary clinton. that's a pretty big move when a republican congressman says he will support hillary clinton. you have meg whitman, the former candidate for governor of california who was a big gop fund-raiser. i think that it's only a matter
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of time and as donald trump continues this crazy behavior that he's doing, i think more and more people will go, whoa, is that really who we want as our nominee, let alone president of the united states? >> and the bottom line comes how are you going to feel if you feel your vote did contribute to what you feel is the wrong person? >> i'm not going to feel that way. i have to vote for someone -- i don't agree for how doug will vote for hillary clinton and i respect his right and unlike doug, i'm not going return his insults. he can make that at me and i'm going to be proud for who i vote for. and i'm going to be proud to vote for paul ryan. he's put an agenda forth for republicans that the republican membership is buying into and advancing and i can tell you from my time in the house how hard that is to do. >> doug, i'll give you the last word since doug heye had the first. >> i'm not really insulting
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doug, with all due respect. and i applaud your position. i just don't believe that voting for paul ryan who has no chance of winning is really a smart move. i really think that hillary clinton is better prepared to lead this nation and candidly she is ready for someone who is ready to start on day one. let's get behind a candidate who can win rather than someone who is struggling in his own congressional district. paul ryan, i believe, is weak-kneed and is treating donald trump like a misbehaving toddler. when are we going to get real here? >> thank you very much. we are awaiting donald trump live in florida. an unmarked plane flying $400 million in cash right as iran releases american hostages. president obama denies it was a ransom to the supreme leader. is that true? breaking news, more americans infected with zika including a woman serving in the military. our special report coming up. ♪
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tonight, the white house denying it paid iran $400 million in ransom, but the obama
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administration secretly sent an unmarked u.s. plane full of cash to iran in the exact same day four american hostages were released. they say the timing was a coincidence. elise labott is out front. >> reporter: four americans including "washington post" reporter jason rezaian were freed from an iranian prison on january 17th, but just as the americans boarded a swiss aircraft bound for germany another cargo plane was landing in iran loaded with pallets of $400 million worth of cash. shrink-wrapped euros, swiss francs and other currencies, skirting america's own sanctions that ban transactions with iran. >> this is a good day. >> reporter: while the freed americans were in the air, president obama announced a historic nuclear agreement with iran. the white house insists the money entering iran within a few hours of the american prisoners leaving was all a coincidence and there was no quid pro quo. >> no. it is not a ransom payment. the u.s. does not view it that
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way and it's not accurate to describe it that way. >> reporter: that is not how iranian leaders described it at the time and the money transfer as first described in "the wall street journal" are outraged. >> one of the reasons you don't want to transfer $400 million in unmarked bills in cash to iran is because it's going to end up in the hands of hezbollah or it's going to end up in the hands of the other iranian agents. >> reporter: while u.s. and iranian diplomats were secretly negotiating a prisoner exchange, separate teams from both countries were resolving a decades-old iranian claim before the international tribunal in the hague. the first over a failed arms deal dated back to the 1970s. >> iran will be returned its own funds including appropriate interest, but much less than the amount iran sought. with our nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute,
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as well. >> reporter: after the cash-filled plane landed in iran and the americans were freed, iranian military commanders boasted the money was a ransom, but the state department insists the prisoners would have been freed the same day even without the payment. >> we believe so because that was work through a different process and it was concluded successfully. >> reporter: now congress is debating legislation preventing the obama administration from providing any more cash payments to iran and also requiring the white house to release all the details publicly of this $1.7 billion settlement. erin, just last week iran arrested another iranian-american reza shahini, two other americans, siamak namazi and baquer, and they feel they will withdraw another cash payment before he leaves office. >> this is pretty stunning.
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$400 million in cash on a plane secretly shrink-wrapped and evading u.s. sanctions and our own sanks on the same day four american hostages were released and the administration says this is coincidence? is there anything this could be anything but ransom? >> you know that old statement if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck it usually is a duck and here are the iranians that we know reported in "the new york times" and "wall street journal" that they demanded this money in the closing days of the negotiations over the nuclear deal and they got the money. secondly, we do know the iranian defense officials there was a ransom and as you point out their surreptitious nature of it. yes, i think it was ransom. i think great powers often make side agreements they don't disclose. look at the whole cuban missile crisis and the u.s. made a deal
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to get the missiles out of turkey and the public didn't know that for six months and here we are six months later and this thing is broken open. the odd thing, erin, the odd thing is why the press didn't follow up on this early back in january on january 17th, david sanger who is a world-renowned journalist, a very good journalist reported in "the new york times" that we had agreed to give them the $400 million plus interest and 1.3, 1.7 in all on the very day the people were released and he printed that in the newspaper and nobody noticed it. it's odd and it's suddenly now come back into play and i think it's a proper subject for republicans to raise. absolutely proper. >> well, thank you very much, david gergen and if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. the number of americans infected with zika is rising. our report on jeanne moos on a
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crucial situation in florida. i want to ask you about that, but first, dan, the breaking news, 41 members of the u.s. military have zika and a pregnant woman among them. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: erin, they got it overseas and that's an important thing to keep in mind, and officials say they will continue to monitor u.s. military installations to make sure that there are no mosquito-borne illnesses like zika coming out of those installations. we should tell you about that mother. we don't know her status or her unborn baby and two diplomats have also contracted zika overseas, erin. >> and also florida, where you are, right? this unprecedented warning from the cdc for where you're standing that people should not be going there, 15 people infected with zika. what is being done to try to contain the spread of this virus which i know you have new information on where it's spreading within this country? >> reporter: erin, we are in the winwood district of miami. this is ground zero for zika here in florida.
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nearly all of the transmissions have taken place here. we know that tomorrow beginning tomorrow crews are going to be dumping insecticide over this area with airplanes and hopefully that will make a difference and we've also seen a number of trucks coming up and trying to soak up the residual water on the streets where mosquitos like to lay their eggs and hopefully that will make a difference and it's not just florida on high alert and texas is on high alert and the risk of transmission there is great. they're warning people to pay attention to the local health bulletins and hopefully we won't see cases there, but crews fear it is just a matter of time. >> texas now on high alert tonight. "out front" next, turning votes into cash. ♪ is it a force of nature? or a sales event? the summer of audi sales event
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buying votes always has been part of american politics say some, but in this most unusual political year some people are selling their vote. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: a couple of street-savvy guys are cashing in on donald trump. >> i'm just a regular tall black guy getting money off of this guy. >> it's sort of bemusing black male, give me $1 or i'm voting trump. a 19-year-old from ohio who would only give his first name josh got the sign idea off the internet. >> i just started traveling to the u.s. three months ago and i've made around 12 grand. >> 12 grand? tax-free. >> a self-described tall black
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guy who does most of the talking met josh shortly after the teen arrived in new york. we stumbled on them in the shadow of the trump international hotel in columbus circle which has become a bit of a magnet for protests like this trump hair hut. >> 96 hula skirts were made in the shape of donald trump's head. >> two ad agency guys dreamed this up to protest wealth inequality and matching dog not included. >> touch it, go inside and think about what would happen if that man came to power. >> the hair hut made from mexican straw was made to make a point, they make $225 a day. >> who would pay to pose in front of it? >> okay, thumbs down. >> maybe someone who felt ins t insulted by the donald. >> they're bringing drugs and they're bringing crime. >> the people posing were tourists from mexico. >> no good for mexico, but he's
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good for these guys, entrepreneurs who didn't even attend trump university. >> at trump university we teach success. >> we don't want money. >> yes, we do. >> jeanne moos, cnn, new york. does that really mean 12,000 people gave that guy money? thank you very much for joining us. "a.c. 360" starts with anderson right now. good evening. thanks for joining us. we're coming to you tonight from the site of this cnn's libertarian's town hall, former massachusetts governor william weld gets under way at the top of the next hour and we begin with breaking news, for donald trump who is speaking right now in jacksonville and those urging him to set aside grievances including the khan family who lost their son in iraq. new polling showing donald trump trailing hillary clinton by nine points in a three-way race including governor johnson. it also shows a substantial majority, 69%