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june, but still helping veterans on a go fund me page. >> john, thank you very much. great to be with you all week. tlan thanks for joining us. it is time for "newsroom" with carol costello. thanks. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," trump touting unity. >> it has never been so well united. >> putting the past aside. >> i just visited with some incredible folks. some really amazing gold star families. >> back on message, and attacking clinton. >> she should get an award from them as the founder of isis. >> while trump's opponents target his temperament. >> he is a showman. he is the music man. it is a screw loose. let's talk in the cnn "newsroom." good morning, i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. the race for the white house,
two very different measures of momentum. donald trump scoffing at reports that his campaign is unraveling and pointing to a new surge in fundraising, and doing it without the big party donors who have been increasingly squeemish. hillary clinton is leading in three critical states. we'll get to the polls in a moment. let's begin with phil mattingly. >> good morning. the money is a big story. a lot of support from small dollar supporters. that's a very big deal, as you look forward in the -- for the rest of this campaign. no question about it. there are serious problems with donald trump's campaign. inside the republican party. his advisors saying they are unified as a whole, as a campaign, ready to move forward. they have plenty of messages to attack on. if they can only keep their candidate on message. >> the campaign is doing really well. it has never been so well
united. >> donald trump, pledging unprecedented unity within his campaign after days of turmoil. >> i would say right now, it is the best in terms of being united that it has been since we began. >> it is a message echoed by his top advisors, at least publicly, who tell cnn trump's team is under control. >> the campaign is focused. the campaign is moving forward in a positive way. >> those sources insist there is frustration within his staff with the candidate. getting back on message, trump putting hillary clinton directly in his crosshairs. tacking her record as secretary of state. >> it was hillary clinton that she should get an award from them as the founder of isis. that's what it was. >> and touting his latest fundraising haul. >> we just took in this month, i think it is 80 or $82 million. >> despite closing the gap with clinton, it is proving difficult for trump to collect checks from the country's top donors. his campaign war chest, trails
clinton's by $20 million. >> we're raising a lot of money for the republican party, and the money is coming in. we're doing great. but small contributions. i think it was $61 each. and few republicans can do that. maybe no republican can do that. >> and with several republicans now saying publicly they won't support trump, including rising gop star, adam kinsinger. >> donald trump for me is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgiveable in politics. i'm not going to support hillary, but in america, we have the trite write somebody in or skip the vote or vote for mark kirk in illinois. that's what it is looking like for me. >> trump's decision not to endorse paul ryan in his primary battle battle battle infuriating reince
priebus. pence giving him a full throated endorsement. >> i strongly support paul ryan. i strongly endorse his reelection. he is a long time friend. he is a strong conservative leader. >> the controversy is leading some top supporters to question trump's perceived self-sabotage. newt gingrich, a finalist to be trump's running mate, telling the "washington post," he is helping hillary clinton to win, by proving he is more unacceptable than she is. >> in the last couple of weeks, he has been remarkably under performing. >> gingrich later backtracking, saying he is 100% for trump. >> and carol, that was a message, newt gingrich reiterated in a private phone call to the campaign. also, complimenting donald trump on staying on message in his two rallies in florida yesterday. and that's really the issue. republican officials, they don't expect donald trump to become a tried and true political candidate. he has made clear over the course of the campaign he simply is not that. if he can stay focused on a few
key issues and attack them as opposed to being distracted, it will give him an opportunity to win in november. >> all right, phil, reporting live for us. thanks so much. let's get to the polls i was telling you about a minute ago. hillary clinton coming out on top in three polls in key states. besting donald trump in new hampshire, michigan and pennsylvania. and boy, do the numbers tell a story. cnn political director, david chalian is breaking it down. take it away. >> it is three critical states, just as you said. let's go through the numbers and then we can talk about it. in new hampshire, hillary clinton up 15 points over donald trump, 47% to 32%. in pennsylvania, hillary clinton is up 11 points, 49% to 38%. and in michigan, hillary clinton is up nine points, 41% to 32%. now, these polls are done while she is experiencing this post convention bounce. this is part of the halo effect after we've seen the convention. we're seeing it from these
states. that means donald trump's task to get to 270 electoral votes is getting tougher, not easier. these are the kinds of states that he needs to be really competitive in in order to have a viable path to 270. these numbers narrow that path for him. they do not expand it. >> all right, so let's -- david, stay right there. let's add into the discussion, the editorial director of the national journal group, ron brownstein and public leadership, david gurgein. thanks to all of you. >> i want to talk about the new hampshire poll first. bernie sanders won in the primary in new hampshire. and trump won in new hampshire. i know it is a democratic leaning state, david. so why isn't mr. trump doing better? is it the bounce or something more? >> oh, i think it is the bounce
plus. the plus is that donald trump has had a miserable seven days since the convention. i think it is perhaps the worst week that i can remember for any major candidate. the bounce was in effect got higher and higher for hillary clinton, and his numbers have been going down, and that, is you know, this is bad news. coming out of a convention is -- at the ends of the of the convention, that's when voters start to focus and begin to make up their minds more firmly. to have donald trump in a near free fall in the last days, it has badly hurt his campaign. it doesn't mean he can't win. he still can, but it is a catch up game that's hard to play. at this moment, he is still going backwards. >> so david chalian in michigan, so we can parse the polls a little more, donald trump is even losing in what republican strong holds in that state. >> well, the state overall is a state that tends -- >> democrat, right. >> but it is the kind of state,
the birthplace of the reagan democrats, it is the kind of place that donald trump was hoping to have success with, right. his rust belt strategy, pennsylvania and ohio, places like michigan and wisconsin, he has to take these states that have been reliably blue, and actually upend the trajectory so when you see hillary clinton with a nine point advantage there, he is not doing that. and that means that, again, like i was saying, that means that narrows his path to an electoral majority. >> so ron, you know, he painted this dark picture at the republic national convention that blue collar workers were in danger of never finding a job. so is that message not resonating? should he tweak it? >> well, look, he -- the view he portrayed in america was actually i think accurate reflected, but it struck many
voters as too much, too dark, too difficult vdivisive. the reason is, after eight years, you pick up a lot of nicks and bruises running the country. there are certainly plenty evident on the obama administration. iran deal that is raising eyebrows, but donald trump has achieved something almost unimaginable, which is after eight years of a sitting president, this is more a referendum on him than it is on the presidency itself. that's because he is a candidate that is so provocative, so outside the boundaries, insisting people don't think he is qualified. he has made it more about him than he has about change. the question is, is the kind of change that you want, if you wants change at all. that i think is a big, big
reason why he is looking up in the polls. >> let's talk about the change candidate, the change agent. there was a cnn/orc poll out, david. it shows president obama's approval rating at 54%. it showed that, what, i think 54% of people in the country think the country is going in the -- you help me -- wrong direction. >> you have to remember, some of those people in there are obama supporters, because they think things are going badly for a whole host of reasons. congressional gridlock, things the government doesn't seem to be working properly. they can still approve of the president's rating and say the country is going in the wrong direction. >> so some of the people in the 54% think the country is going in the wrong direction might think it is because of gridlock in washington, not because the economy is so sluggish that they can't recover. >> i'm sure that's part of it. i do think you're right, the 54%, the entire makeup, whether they're pro obama, and maybe
hope to hillary clinton or not, they could be core trump supporters, a combination, what they do want is things not going exactly as they are right now. that's what ron was just talking about. that's the hunger for change there. the question now, what each campaign will try to frame for the next 96 days, what kind of change do you want. >> okay, so david, what should mr. trump do? >> well, he has got to -- he needs to sit back over a weekend and sit down with some people who are heavyweights and figure out where he goes from here. he shouldn't be doing it on the fly. the very significant number in the polling is the president's approval rating. as ron and david will tell you, when a candidate runs and from the same party as the sitting president, the approval rating of that sitting president is all important to the candidate. if that president is sitting down below, like 45%, almost certainly, hillary clinton would lose. if it gets around 50%, but now he is at 54%, the highest
number, cresting at just the right time for this campaign. at 54%, he is at the highest number since before he was inaugurated and in the same neighborhood that ronald reagan was when george h.w. bush ran as his successor. it gives a lot of lift in and of itself to the hillary campaign and makes it harder for trump. it is a very significant number. the fact that he is losing so badly now, trump is losing so badly in these break away states, he thought he could get in like pennsylvania and michigan, they were so important, and she is opening up these leads, this a very good news day for democrats in the polls. >> but ron, mr. trump is in a pickle, because his core supporters really dislike president obama. it is not like he can even say anything remotely positive about the president, right? >> that's a good point, right. that's trump's problem in general. from the beginning, he has narrowed rather and broadened. tended to energize in his core
supporters, the convention seemed ex ordetraordinarily aim voter whose are more in the middle, may be opened to change and uncertain whether trump is the kind of change they can accept. he is facing, i think, two fundamental hurdles. the first is that 60%, again in the fox poll questioning whether he has the qualifications and temperament to serve as president, and also, a very large number of voters both nonwhite voters, and particularly college educated white voters who view him as racially difficuvisive. david is right. the single most important number to succeed in an outgoing president is that president's approval rating, and probably 80% of the people who approve of obama, 80% of them who will disapprove will go against her. if he is well over 50%, it is a
hard hill for the out party to win the white house. >> before i end the segment, i want to go back to david chalian one more time. you can put the polls into perspective for us. >> well, advantage, hillary clinton. both conventions have happened. the country is now starting to tune in in a bigger fashion. we will see if it settles down, if this is somewhat elevated, because she just came off of a positive convention for herself. as we head to the fall, advantage nationally hillary clinton in the states, and donald trump had a really huge impressive fundraising total and he'll need the money now to engage in the campaign fully. >> thanks to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," white house fighting off accusations they paid off hundreds of millions of dollars to free hostages. how did the deal really go down.
iran in exchange for the release of four american hostages. the money was loaded on to a cargo plane that was flown into iran at the same time hostages were freed. the obama administration says it was part of an arms deal dating back to the 1970s, but donald trump pounced on the issue. calling the president incompetent and blaming hillary clinton. >> this was all started, this was all started by hillary clinton. this was -- everything was started by her. they relied on her. they relied on her. >> keep in mind, mrs. clinton stepped down from her job as secretary of state in 2013, three years before the hostages were released. but what was that $400 million for? let's talk about that with former political advisor for u.s. central command and director of the state department's iran regional presence office, ramin.
can you imagine what $400 million in cash looks like? >> well, on a pallet, it would pile pretty high. that's quite a bit. it wasn't in dollars. it was in swiss francs and euros. >> it is mind-boggling, how much it would weigh. let's get to the deal. "washington post" journalist and three others were released, at the same time, john kerry said hey, this proves that diplomacy works. but $400 million, that $400 million is being delivered to iran at the very same time, coincidence? >> well, it certainly looks bad. it certainly looks like there is some connection between the money, which is actually the
first payment of $1.7 billion settlement that was for an old arms deal that went away with the referlution back in '79. so the timing could not have been propicitious. it appears inconvenient coming into this election year. >> david gergen said last night if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. >> yeah, well, i mean, what we're looking at is we're looking at the iranian government looking -- i mean, you know, when we step into that negotiation, we're stepping into the bizarre. you know, millennia of negotiating tactics we're dealing with, and a 30-year-old, 35-year-old issue was kind of added to the negotiations, and you know, it came to a head at the same time as the nuclear agreement, and you know, again,
the appearance is very, very unsavory. >> okay, so you're saying the united states back in the dark ages, in the 1970s, sold military equipment to the shah of iran for $400 million. the military equipment was never delivered, so in essence, the united states owed iran its $400 million back. so if that was the case, why didn't president obama or anyone else in the administration talk about that at the time those hostages were released and at the time it was delivered to iran? >> well, i mean, you know, it had gone into litigation. there is something call the u.s./iran tribunal. it looked at all the different cases going on generally during any kind of international litigation, you're not going to get into the details, because it is ongoing litigation. you don't want to prejudice any of the eventual findings. the idea was to, you know, solve
the outstanding problem. and unfortunately, you know, we really need to look at the government of iran for putting human beings lives into this as pawns and bargaining chips for any kind of solution. that's, i think, the most unfortunate and most unsavory aspects of this whole issue. >> and you're right about that. because iran, you know, i mean, supposedly it knows exactly why it got this $400 million. yet donald trump says iran bragged about that, that being ransom. he even said he saw super secret video. watch. >> they have a perfect tape. done by obviously a government camera. and the tape is of the people taking the money off the plane. right. that means that in order to embarrass us further, iran sent us the tapes. right. it is a military tape.
it is a tape that was a perfect angle, nice and steady. >> okay, so it wasn't really a secret video he is talking about. it was a video that aired on fox news. he is right about one thing. iran bragged about the payment being ransom. so that's bad, because you're right. it puts -- it puts americans all over the world in somewhat -- i mean, in dangerous conditions, right? in danger, i should say. >> carol, not just americans. there has been two iranian americans held after. there has been a french citizen, a canadian citizen, british, i mean, this practice of iran of grabbing people and holding them as hostages, if there was any country that would want to get away from a narrative, which involves hostage taking in exchange for something, it would have to be iran. so you know, trying to solve
things in ways that are, you know, in compliance with international norms is something that iran was -- i suppose trying to do with the nuclear agreement, but some of the old ghosts came back, and you know, we got into this whole trading people for money, trading people for favors. that is unfortunate. it has gotten into, you know, domestic politics in this country. but you know, it puts every single person that travels to that country in jeopardy of being grabbed and held for some future deal that might come about or not come about. it is a very unfortunate situation. you would hope that they would want to get away from this, if they're actually serious about joining the international community. this is a mid evil for taking money or some kind of political favor. that is the most unfortunate part of this, and the fact that the administration was looking to solve the nuclear issue, i
gotta tell you, carol, when i was at state, the fate of americans held in iran was always a significant priority. that was a major, major issue. we heard from their families constantly, getting them back was a major priority. it is unfortunate that it all got wrapped up in such an unsavory exchange. but when you're dealing with a government like this, you know, things are sometimes going to go that way. >> all right, ramin, thank you for being with me this morning. >> sure, thank you, carol. >> you're welcome. the iran payments will come up this afternoon when the president takes questions from reporters during a news conference. we'll carry that live, 4:00 p.m. eastern. still to come, an american is stabbed to death in london. we just learned about the suspect, next. when i crave a smoke that's all i crave. that's where this comes in. only nicorette gum has patented dual-coated technology for great taste. plus nicorette gum gives you intense craving relief. and that helps put my craving
and good morning, i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. an american woman is dead, five others recovering after a stabbing spree in london. it happened near a popular park last night. police tasing the knife wielding man before taking him into custody. at this point, police say there is no evidence it was a terror attack. cnn's nina albeker joins us with more. hi, mima. >> an american woman is dead and we hear the suspect that police say is responsible for those stabbings was somehow mentally unstable. again, it wasn't terror related. we'll take you back to london, once we get the technical issues worked out. it is president obama's birthday. he gets to blow out the candles
in the highest approval ratings, 54% think the president is doing a good job. that's on par with ronald reagan and bill clinton in their last year in offerice. that could help hillary clinton, but there is also other interesting numbers in the poll. it could also affect the election. 76% of democrats think the country is in good shape. 42% of independents say the same. but only 17% of republicans think the country is heading in the right direction. so what does all of this mean? with me now, republican strategist and trump surrogate, boris epstein, executive director at the new york state democratic party and hillary clinton supporter, and lonnie chen, also the former public policy director for mitt romney. welcome to all of you. >> thank you. >> lonnie, let's start with you. how is it possible that 76% of
democrats think the country is doing okay, and only 17% of republicans do? >> well, you know, this reflects a split that has been ongoing for some time. people -- >> that's more than a split. that's big. >> well, yeah, no, that's certainly true. but it reflects a very different perspective of the president and what the president has done. if you look at the president, what he would term his signature accomplishments, these are all matters that greatly divide republicans and democrats. it doesn't surprise me to see that. i think there is a geographic issue as well. things are going relatively well economically, it might different from those in the center of the country, where the economy is a little weaker. those explain some of the differences. >> so boris, how do you explain that? she is a huge split. even among independents. only 17% of republicans. >> well, if you look at conventions, you saw, we were just talking about the
republican convention, there was a lot of realism to it. at the democratic convention, it was a bubble. things are great -- >> democrats are living in a fantasy world. >> if you look at the numbers, the gdp, it anemic. 0.8%, that's almost regression. 1.2% is likely going to get revis dollars do revised down. it is not in a good place. the market is high, but overbought. >> compared to -- >> are you living in a fantasy world. >> i certainly am not. if we compare where we are now to when president obama took auf office, the dow is in record territory. look, the issue is -- the issue here is that republicans for the last seven and a half years have worked to delegitimate this president. they said he is not from here. he was a muslim to stoke fear.
and they have basically said that everything that he has done, there has been an abuse or overuse of power. it doesn't surprise me republicans think the country is going in the wrong direction, but the fact with donald trump, they don't see a way out of it. what democratics do is see in hillary clinton, even if you're dissatisfied with the way the country is going -- >> we have to talk about the 400 mn million dollars that went under cloak and dagger. obama has had a lot of history. and hillary clinton has been one of the most abusive -- non-truthful. >> talk about a bubble. talk about a bubble. >> let's get back to these economic numbers. people care most about the economy, right. can we all agree on that? can we agree on that, yes, yes? okay, so is lonhie still with me? i'm here. >> so paul manafort, mr. trump's campaign manager was on "good morning america" he said this is
a change election. let's listen. >> this is a change election. the stakes of the election are do you want more of the same, which is another third term for obama, which is secretary clinton. or do you want real change. the american people consistently show they want change. the american people consistently show that they don't think she can bring the change. and that he is the change agent. >> okay, let's talk about that. change agent. 76% of democrats are okay with the direction the country is going. 54% approve of president obama. so does the country as a whole really want a change agent? >> i think there are a couple of factors here. first of all, after eight years of any presidential administration, it is generally the case the country gets antsy, so to characterize it in that sense is right. if you look at the stewardship of the economy over the last eight years, democrats love to talk about how far we've come,
but the reality is in many parts of the country, it is still not as strong as it should be, you still have a lot of people under employed, a lot of people looking for full-time work who are in part-time work. for these reasons, the economy is the critical issue, office ae said. so what donald trump needs to do if he wants to win this election, if he has any hope, is to return the focus to the economy. that ultimately is what is going to propel him, if he is going to have any shot at the election. >> because local polls show, boris, in new hampshire, pennsylvania, and michigan, especially pennsylvania and michigan, where you think donald trump would be doing better, because he is talking to a group of people who are in need of some, you know, economic relief, but the local polls that just came out this morning show hillary clinton way ahead in new hampshire and in pennsylvania, and in michigan. >> the polls go up and down, and he is ahead in florida and ohio. as far as the overall country, 76% overall, 70%, 80% of folks
say the country is going in the wrong direction. so this is one poll we're talking about. if you look on the real clear politi -- >> that's not true. >> if you go across party lines. >> that's what the cnn poll did. >> everybody favorable versus non-fairable, over 70% of the people -- >> specifically, why is donald trump not doing better in places like michigan and pennsylvania, because those are states he wanted to do well in and thought he could. >> because a few weeks ago, he was up in pennsylvania by five points. they'll go up and down. we'll win pachlts and do very well in michigan as well as ohio. the reason is, because hillary clinton -- let me finish. hillary clinton is a lifelong job killer. nafta killed 700,000 jobs. tpp will kill millions of jobs. when tim kaine came to office, 7%, up four points. that's a ticket that kills jobs. >> by boris's logic, the people in pennsylvania, ohio, are
living in the same bubble. i don't think that's the case. if you look at what hillary clinton is talking about, she is growing the economy. i get, and lohnie is correct, people do have genuine economic anxiety. what hillary clinton is talking about, and she'll talk about this in the next few days and weeks, how you get businesses to create these apprenticeship programs, things that have been successful across the country and even in other countries, in moving people into the middle class. unemployed have stepped out of the work force, wages are low. there is a way to move forward. it is not about living in a bubble. it is about real, hard pathway forward. it is about real policy -- >> solutions, she hasn't -- >> and i could talk on and on. >> donald trump has done so. >> i can talk about on and on about how the clinton administration -- >> she became -- when she became senator, she promised 250,000 jobs to new york state. they lost 70,000 jobs. >> she won two terms. >> she won two terms. not only that, she talked about
a bio tech sector in the capital region. >> what about the -- she said she would kre quite a quarter million jobs when senator. new york lost 70 to 80,000 jobs. that's a specific issue she ran on and she failed. >> no, she did not. she did not fail. >> did you go -- >> did you go to the state of new york, buffalo, syracuse, long island? have you talked to the young people? have you talked to the young people who -- >> she lost jobs. >> i don't think you two will agree on this issue. i'm going to leave it there. >> we're still friends. >> thank you to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," florida steps up its fight against zika, as the virus forces thousands of miles away hearbreaking decisions over the future of their families. grain free pet food committed to truth on the label. when we say real meat is the first ingredient, it is number one. and we leave out corn, wheat and soy.
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so these are the tanks? >> these are the tanks that we keep the embryos, the eggs and the seemen. >> so they're in one of these tanks. >> the doctor has been a fertility doctor for ten years. she first saw ana for help with fertility, but then zika started to spread. >> i said okay, freeze your embry embryos, and then later, when there is like a solution, or a light at the end of the tunnel with all of this things, all the zika virus, you can decide. >> at a cost at around $8,000, this is not an option for most of the population here, where the average income is just a few hundred dollars a month. for most people like bruno and vanessa, delaying is the only option. for the time being, they're also living with an empty room. >> how long will you wait?
what is the next for you? >> translator: we hope with the research and people studying it, it gets better in two or three years. >> you can wait that long? >> translator: i will try. it has already been really hard. >> it is difficult to imagine entire towns, even countries with hardly any new babies for two years. hard to imagine the loss economically, socially, culturally. no babies crying. or laughing. in the meantime, room also stay empty. even as names are already chosen. >> translator: the child isn't even born, but she already has a name. she was going to be named val n valentina. >> you're confident you will have a baby one day? >> translator: i'm so sure. i'm confident that this room will have three people instead of two. it is just a matter of time. >> carol, safe to say that what
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when you're behind the wheel, a smart phone can be a deadly distraction. one engineer says he's found the answer to cutting down on digital diversions. cnn digital correspondent kelly wallace has more for you. >> reporter: scott of boulder, colorado, is on a mission to prevent families from ever getting the call their loved one's died as a result of distracted driving. >> i'm over here, scientist, engineer. boy, scratch the surface, more than anything else, i'm a father. >> reporter: back in 2008 after tidbits arrived for a business meeting, he learned the person he was to meet with had been killed only hours earlier by a driver who was allegedly texting
behind the wheel. >> there's just this cathartic empathy for the tragedy of it and having just driven through the intersection, then the entrepreneur kicks in. wow, maybe there's a solution. maybe there's an invention that could do this, that could save a lot of lives. >> reporter: tidbit's answer is called groove. a little device that plugs into your car underneath the steering wheel. groove alerts your mobile home provider to hold all e-mails, texts and social networking updates and prevents you from sending messages and posting on social media while driving. >> just when you start driving. where the things that would distract you go away. >> reporter: jesse, chief marketing officer for cell control, demonstrates his company's answer to distracted driving. it's called drive i.d. >> it's solar powered. it will mound to the windshield right underneath the mirror.
with that in place and our app on the phone or devices you want to protect in the vehicle, we can restrict access to applications on the phone either throughout the entire vehicle for all passengers or for just the driver. >> reporter: and the wireless phone providers think at&t, verizon and sprint have their own answers. basically they silence any incoming calls and text messages and prevent you from texting as well while you're driving so good to check them out. interestingly, some experts believe down the road, the technology that will really bring an end to the distracted driving is the technology that brings an end to drivers themselves. take the matter out of our hands and then we'll be safe again. >> interesting. because i'm interested, those things you can put on a car to prevent you from using your phones, are they selling? >> well, cell control is. it costs $129. it's basically that's it. you put that in your car and
download the app. companies are using them, consumers are using them. they're seeing some real interest. now, groove is really in pilot programs in australia and here in the united states. it needs the support of the wireless phone provider and it's a work in progress right now. >> kelly wallace, thanks so much. kelly's special, by the way, driving while distracted, airs saturday afternoon, 2:30 p.m., only on cnn. (alert from the mom's phone.)
"newsroom," trump touting unity. >> it's never been so well united. >> putting the past aside. >> i just visited with some incredible folks, some really amazing gold star families. >> back on message and attacking clinton. >> she should get an award from them as the founder of isis. >> while trump's opponents target his temperament. >> he's a showman, he's a pied piper, he's the music man. the noun that comes to my mind is a screw loose. >> let's talk now in the "cnn newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin this hour at the intersection of the campaign trail and tobacco road this hour in raleigh, republican vp nominee mike pence is kicking off a town hall event. north carolina is likely a must-win state for donald trump and the gop to capture the white house. when pence wraps up, he'll head on to virginia, another key battleground state. donald trump is blazing his own trail to portland, maine. the running mates are holding
different events and sometimes almost different campaigns. earlier this week, we saw a military mom comb front pence over that spat with the gold star family. pence praised the soldier as a hero. a couple of days later, pence breaking from trump to endorse the house speaker paul ryan. >> i talked to donald trump this morning about my support for paul ryan, our longtime friendship. he strongly encouraged me to endorse paul ryan in next tuesday's primary and i'm pleased to do it. >> it is an unusual dynamic between running mates and that's just on the surface. cnn's phil mattingly has been working his sources. >> think about what a running mate is supposed to do, basically walk in lock step with the nominee, not say anything but what the nominee has said, vouch for the nominee. over last couple of days, we've
seen almost the exact opposite from pence. there's a couple things to recognize here. first, mike pence isn't doing anything without letting the trump campaign know first. before that lengthy statement about the khan family, he made sure to coordinate with the trump campaign. it's important to note donald trump has a lot of respect for the very experienced politician that mike pence is. he's not overbearing. campaign sources saying he's basically letting mike pence be mike pence on the campaign trail. there's an understanding that mike pence has a lot of experience doing this and there's also an understanding that mike pence has a very we - well-regarded campaign team. i think most importantly here, there's a recognition inside the trump campaign of what mike pence actually brings to the table here. on some level, he's the voucher in chief for donald trump. he can explain things on the campaign trail that maybe get lost during donald trump's boisterous and bombastic rallies. listen to what he had to say about captain khan. >> well, donald trump and i both
have said that captain khan is an american hero, and we honor his service and his sacrifice. >> now, a simple statement, but one that it almost appeared donald trump was incapable of making for the first couple of days after this all blew up, carol. i think that's what's important here. what mike pence has been able to do is go on the campaign trail and talk about why he was willing to accept this position. one, i hear from a lot of republican officials. they talk to him behind closed doors. it's a very different person than you see on the campaign trail. that's important because all voters, republicans, but also conservatives who are very wary about the type of candidate trump is, the type of policy positions he has, where he is ideologically, mike pence is working to vouch for all of that. it's a very different dynamic but at least so far it's one people on both sides say is working, carol. >> phil mattingly, thanks. one more challenge trump has to overcome, new polling showing hillary clinton has the lead in three key states.
enjoying post-convention highs in michigan, pennsylvania and new hampshire. so let's talk. i want to bring in my panel. cnn political commentators, donald trump and former white house director jeffrey lord and former ted cruz communications director amanda carpenter. welcome to both of you. >> happy thursday, carol. >> happy thursday. it's just one day before friday. thanks, jeffrey. okay, so jeffrey, i will start with you. you know some are calling pence apologist in chief for donald trump. is that fair? >> well, no, i mean, i might say it's standard, vice presidential nominees get the slings and arrows no matter who they are. and frankly, if somebody else had been at the head of the ticket other than donald trump, the vice presidential nominee would have been taking these slings and arrows so that's just sort of the way it goes. you know, carol, can i talk about the poll for a second? >> sure. >> the pennsylvania poll, let me talk that, that's a franklin
marshall poll and i should say right off the bat i'm an alumnus of franklin marshall college, i know the director of the poll, who has told me that pennsylvania is well within reach for donald trump, he certainly can win it, and one observation -- >> and you're saying that even looking at this number from this franklin and marshall poll? >> he said it before, but of course this poll reflects the bounce in the convention, hillary clinton's bounce which was expected and that convention was right here in pennsylvania, in philadelphia, so i'm not surprised by this. but let me just say this to you, i was with donald trump on monday here in pennsylvania a few miles from my home at a local high school. there were thousands inside and thousands more outside who couldn't get in. hillary clinton was here a few days before that and according to one of the newspaper reports, she had quote/unquote a few hundred people. i would suggest that there is an enthusiasm gap here for the candidates. >> let's --
>> -- really turn out when hillary clinton is here, it just wasn't so, and i think we need our eye on that. >> yes, we do, you're right about that. let's talk more about that enthusiasm gap. in that same pennsylvania poll, i'll pose this question to you, amanda, the poll shows clinton got a huge convention bounce, true, but it also shows two out of three voters in pennsylvania liked what they saw at the democratic convention. it also shows more people are psyched to vote because of what they saw than they are in what they saw at the republican national convention. so, amanda, should mr. trump be concerned about that or is this just a bounce, as jeffrey says? >> listen, the polls are going to narrow, but optimism and joy sells a lot better than fear and lotting that's currently happening in the republican party. donald trump's path to the nomination is becoming a tight rope, it's become sonar narrow,
careful. there's something i don't think he is going to be able to undo and that's the number of high-profile republicans who are publicly coming out and crossing party lines to support hillary clinton. once you lose those republicans, they're not going to flip-flop back. i think that's a corner that they're not going to be able to come back. it's the point of no return in many respects. if there's high-profile people like chris christie aides, people that work for rudy giuliani, meg whitman, publicly doing it there's a lot more who aren't name brand faces thinking the same and that's something they've got to be really worried about. >> on those lines, jeffrey, the michigan poll conducted by the detroit news and wdiv, local in michigan, that polls -- this is what the local media is showing, it shows a shocking lead for republican in republican strongholds in michigan. is that cause for concern or is that just the bounce again?
>> sure, i'm not going to look through rose-colored glasses here. the campaign has to get on the ball, there's no question. certainly the candidate is on the ball. and, again, as i say, and i think this probably applies for michigan and for that matter across the country. the enthusiasm here with the people who are supporting donald trump. i mean, these people are very, very passionate and very determined. and i, you know, poll numbers aside, i just don't see that for hillary clinton out there and her crowd situation. it just isn't there. when i talk to individuals who are supporting hillary clinton, almost always i get this kind of shrug like, you know, well -- >> bernie sanders had big crowds too. i have to bring that up. and bernie sanders lost. >> right, and carol, that's a very good point, because when i was at the democratic convention, precisely because i'm on your show and other cnn shows, i was recognized by bernie delegates. right off the bat, one of them sought me out. she was very angry and said she
had, you know, that basically hell would freeze over before she voted for hillary clinton. >> that's not what i was exactly talking about, i'm talking about bernie sanders had these huge enthusiastic crowds, much bigger than hillary clinton. still, he lost the primary. >> right, right -- >> so how is that different? >> take your point, all i'm doing is flipping it around and saying if those people don't vote for hillary clinton, it's a problem. >> that's true. amanda, i want to play you something that donald trump said in daytona about losing to hillary clinton, let's listen. >> wouldn't that be embarrassing to lose to crooked hillary clinton? that would be terrible. if we don't make it all the way, think of it, if we don't make it all the way, sort of been a waste of time, don't you think. >> is that good strategy? >> no, he calls her the devil and he's losing to the devil by 8 to 10 points in key swing states. i mean, this is -- here's the thing. donald trump just says what he thinks. he doesn't think about it.
everybody says he has to get on message to win the general election. that's like telling a fish not to swim. donald trump speaking his mind without thinking ten steps ahead is the feature. it's what's gotten him into trouble. it's what's driving republicans away. so i don't know how they're going to turn this ship around without physically going in and rewiring his brain. poor mike pence, every day he has to act like the person that walks behind the elephant in the parade trying to clean this up. i applaud him for a valiant effort. there's not that many republicans willing to do that on a day-to-day basis. >> that was a vivid image. jeffrey, one last word. >> the media plays a role in this. it got the loudest sustained applause and boos directed towards the media crowd in the back. i would suggest that that's playing a role -- >> so the media makes donald trump say things that perhaps he shouldn't? the media is to blame for that? >> no, the media is to blame for
hyping on him over and over and over again. for instance, mr. khan was never mentioned neither in his speech or by anyone i spoke to. i spoke to a lot of people monday night. his name never came up. yet i come back and there it is on television all over again. that's the media driving this, that's not the people out here. >> is that fair, amanda, do you agree? >> listen, the story kept going because mr. khan was willing to do interviews and donald trump was egging him on in tweets. an extraordinary level of pro vacation towards a civilian. i don't understand how you can blame the media when donald trump was keeping the story going and you cannot blame mr. khan for not backing down. this is totally different than the judge curial situation where donald trump thought he could be in the dominant position, and drive it and make it goway because that judge couldn't respond. the difference is they chose to respond and donald trump lost the news cycle. if there's anything that donald trump pays attention to, it's the media and the polls.
he's losing both battles. if he cannot find a way to recalibrate in august and listen to people about how to exercise some degree of discipline, this thing -- the bottom is going to fall out. >> all right, i have to leave it there, amanda carpenter, jeffrey lord, thanks to both of you. still to come in the "newsroom," donald trump says the election will be rigged. we'll talk about that next. thec room this summer. his stellar notebooks will last through june. get back to great. this week, these items just one cent each. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great.
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did you know people can save over $500 when they switch to progressive? did you brush your hair today? yes, mom. why? hmm. no reason. donald trump doubles down on his attack that the system is rigged. the billionaire now says he's worried about voter fraud when it comes to the general election where restrictive voter i.d. laws have been thrown out. >> the whole thing with voter i.d., oisidentification, i thins really -- people are going to walk in, vote ten times maybe. i hope the republicans are going
to be very watchful and i hope the authorities are going to be very watchful because i want to tell you i believe it's going to be -- just like bernie sanders, i said it was rigged, well, it's rigged here too, believe me. >> well, on we the white house pushed back and said those kinds of claims are usually heard by candidates that are losing. >> i would just note that it's often a claim made by people who don't end up winning elections. what i'll just say in general is the cornerstone of democracy is the eligibility of voters, citizens, to cast a ballot and have it counted. the more people who participate in that process, the stronger our democracy. >> so let's talk about that with michael mcdonald. he's a political scientist at the university of florida and an expert in voter fraud. he co-authored a major study on the issue. welcome, sir. >> oh, great to be with you, carol. >> just tell us how much
research you poured into finding out if there really is a widespread problem with voter fraud in the united states. >> well, i'd like to start off by just giving a big thank you to all the election officials. they're working hard right now to make sure everyone has a pleasant voting experience and the elections are going to be conducted in a secure manner. and that said, whenever you have millions of people engage in any activity, you're going to have a couple bumps along the way. it's just human nature. so we shouldn't let those little molehills get blown out of proportion into mountains. yes there are isolated incidents of vote fraud but upon investigation most of those allegations turn out to be incorrect. let me give you an example. one of the sponsors of voter i.d. law in north carolina was accused of voting twice. election officials went back, looked at the records, and what did they find, they find his mother had signed on his line of the poll books. so his vote had been -- a false
vote had been recorded as him voting twice. in most of the allegations, when we look closely at the allegations, that's the study you reference, when we start looking closely at these allegations, they just don't pan out. and so to donald trump and anybody else who's very concerned about vote fraud, let me tell you this, in november, the overwhelm iing number of vos will be cast and recorded correctly and that we can be assured that the results will be right. >> when you say there are tiny bumps, like give us a perspective. like how much cases of voter fraud, to voter fraud did you find in what period of time? >> well, the study i looked at was a particular state and it looked at sort of these record issues of matching and trying to find double voters. and, again, all of the allegations that we looked at in that particular study appeared
to me just to be mistakes and it wasn't a real case of vote fraud. another study on voter impersonation, not double voting or multiple voting, found 31 allegations of vote fraud between 2000 and 2013. 31 out of a billion votes cast. so in order to change the outcome of the election, 31 votes just isn't going to cut it. >> so why do politicians, and it's not just donald trump, why do they insist there's widespread voter fraud in this country? >> they first come out and it sounds like there's thousands of people engaged in this activity. and those are the initial stories. and then upon investigation we find out that's not really true. we're left with the impression things are going wrong but the reality is the elections are being run smoothly. there's also unfortunately a political component to this too. because these allegations are
then used to justify laws like voter identification which the courts are now determining that they are discriminatory and that we shouldn't have them in place for our elections. >> and just to review, judges in north dakota, wisconsin, texas, have softened voter i.d. laws because they suppressed minority votes. when you talk about an election being rigged is this more of an example of an election being rigged than people voting 20 times? >> that's an excellent question. i'm talking about the administration of the elections. there's a higher level of manipulation of elections that can occur which is through the laws that set the playing field how the elections will be run. those rules, unfortunately over the history of our country, have suppressed votes at one time or
another and have shaped the contours of the electorate. i'm not talking about those laws. what i'm talking about is someone woz going to go in and vote. you can be assured your vote will be recorded correctly. >> got it. so just my final question. when politicians keep repeating the system will be rigged, how does that affect voters across our country? >> that's where i get really concerned. as someone who cares very much about elections. look, that undermines the legitimacy of our democracy. because our democracy is based on the very, very basic notion that government reflects the will of the people and if you undermine that, if you say government is not reflective, elections don't do what they're supposed to do, then you shouldn't have democracy in the first place. that's not what's happening in our society and the conduct of our elections. >> michael mcdonald, thank you.
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the scene with more. >> reporter: in addition to that tragic injury, that tragic killing of the american woman in her 60s, there is also at least one other american who was injured. already flowers are being laid at the scene of the american woman's attack. this, police believe, as it stands, to be a purely spontaneous incident. that's how they're characterizing it. given the current climate, investigations continue. and given the location. this is on the doorstep of the site of that horrifying attack back in 2005 at the russell square underground station. so of course and also with the context of the climate of fear that is sweeping across europe, it's understandable that police while they believe this was the act of the man they're characterizing as mentally disturbed, they're leaving nothing to chance. we also saw that in the response time. it took five minutes between those five distress calls to go out for police to arrive at the
scene and they managed to subdue this man using only a taser. the london police commissioner made clear while this specific incident doesn't at the moment point towards radicalization, this really is a case at the moment not just in london but across europe of when, not if. and people need to continue to be vigilant and continue to be prepared, even as our thoughts of course are still with those who weren j en juwere injured a who lost her life in this attack, carol. >> all right, nima elbagir reporting live from london, thank you. good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. $400 million loaded on to wooden pallets and corresecretly loade to cargo planes. it sounds like out of a movie, right? they're accusing the white house of paying ransom to iran in
exchange for four american hostages. >> and that probably was hostage money, to get hostages out, for $400 million. because it was exact timing. our leaders are incompetent. >> hillary clinton and barack obama have essentially put a price tag on the head of every american traveling abroad. they have abandoned our long-standing opposition to negotiating with terrorists or paying ransoms and that is judgment this country cannot stand for four more years. >> i absolutely think this was a ransom. this is an embarrassment for our country and, frankly, this it's its more american citizens at risk because now the iranians who captured another person recently, still have people in custody, now look at this and say okay, the price. maybe isis says this now. the price of an american soul is $100 million. >> all right, but obama administration officials are pushing back. they insist the payment was tied
to a failed arms deal that happened way back in the 1970s. so let's talk about that. trump supporter is here, pax hart, backle smigle, and hillary clinton supporter is with me, and republican strategist rich g gallin, also here. so, baxle, i will start with you. hillary clinton was not secretary of state when this $400 million was airlifted to iran, right? >> correct. >> but republicans are still tying her to that because she's tied herself to obama. >> right. >> so? >> and listen, the republicans are going to do this. this sort of fits in with a lot of the rhetoric they've had over the last several weeks and months including donald trump chief among them painting this sort of dystopian view of america and the future. the truth of the matter is -- >> but still, it sounds bad, right, $400 million being flown to iran at the same time these four american hostages were released. >> there's been some reporting on this over the last day or so
and the tick tock is such that this money has been negotiated with, litigated, for almost as long as i've been alive. and so this is not something that just popped up out of nowhere. that hillary clinton is, you know, sort of negotiated the release of the hostages in exchange for this money. i think that's just false, number one. and, number two, yes, she did bring iran to the negotiating table but that is where her involvement ends. >> rich, this is such a complicated story. to make it clear for our viewers, this deal that the obama administration officials are talking about. so during the 1970s, back when we were friends with iran, when the shaw of iran was still in power, remember? >> yes. you don't, i do. >> no, i really do remember. so the united states sold military equipment to iran and iran was to pay them $400 million. well, the military equipment was never delivered. so that means that for all of those years, the united states
owed iran this $400 million. does that jibe with you? >> i don't doubt for a second that part of the story is true. i also don't doubt for a second it was by the iranians decided they wanted to make it a quid -- appear as a quid pro quo. i'm also old enough to remember when reagan was inaugurated in 1981, january of 1981, that the iranians then waited until he had actually taken the oath of office before they aloud the plane with the hostages to clear iranian airspace. the deal to get the hostages out was made but they decided to make it look like a quid pro quo, so they've done this before. and the good news, for our side, is it's something that they -- the press secretary at the white house, at the briefing, has got to talk about, something that mrs. clinton has got to talk about. it's about something the administration did. true or false, whatever you want to say, from a political
standpoint, yeah. >> pax, you agree i assume? >> you know, oh, my god, it's -- everything that's been pointed out i think is great, you know, it's the appearance of -- that we were giving, you know, ransom money, it's the appearance to isis, it's the appearance to any other terror -- it's the appearance that we were paying ransom for americans, that's going to be the takeaway of this. yeah, hillary clinton's fingerprints are all over this -- >> now, just to make it clear, again, hillary clinton was not secretary of state when the $400 million went to iran. >> i understand that. >> and she did not have anything to do with the hostage negotiations either. >> but she was part -- >> she was part of the iran nuclear deal, however. >> that's the point. >> okay. >> she came into this -- honestly, i used to think barack obama appointed hillary as secretary of state to ruin her political career, to neutralize her as a threat for his
re-election and i'm beginning to wonder if that was actually the case. it's like this is part of the left's whole kind of -- you know, the white house response of kind of parsing out, you know, individual elements of this and dismissing them, ignoring the overall negotiation we're having with iran, ignoring the overall position that america on the united states world stage is of, you know, we are weak, you know, we are powerful and we must be punished and we may, you know -- >> let's just go back to, you know, republicans will tie hillary clinton to this because she has tied herself to the obama administration. right? so she somehow, what, does she have to separate herself from it or not? >> well, there was a statement yesterday that said, a, she was not secretary of state at the time. b, the president's telling of this, of the $400 million and how it was delivered and the fact this is money that's been long-standing to the iranians, is also true. so it seems like we're spending a lot of time engaging potential
conspiratorial theories. we don't need to look for the false. we actually could just look at what happened and say, you know what, there may not be anything there. and if the republicans are going to -- >> actually -- >> if the republicans are going to tie, you know, say, well, hillary clinton is tied to barack obama, she can't get away from him, i'll take that. because today his ratings are 54% and the country feels confident in where it's going so -- >> so, rich, what actually is this conversation showing me is this is such a complicated tale. >> that's right, you're exactly right. >> but voters may say, what, or they might say there's something here. >> the other thing, carol, i covered municipal court as a young reporter and you listen to the prosecution take the same set of facts and you say, this guy needs to be taken out back and whipped. the defense would come on and say, this guy needs to be beat fewed. it's just the same set of facts you present differently.
as you point out, the job of the prosecutor and the defense attorney were to minimize the case to the point that the jury understood what they were trying to get to and so far i don't think either side is doing a terribly good job and i don't think it has legs anyway. i think this will be gone in three days. >> all right, i got to leave it there. thanks to all of you pax hart, rich, i have to get to breaking news actually. a north carolina man now arrested, accused of trying to provide material support to isis. cnn justice correspondent evan perez has more on that for us. good morning. >> good morning, carol. this man is accused of trying to form an isis sleeper cell here in the united states. his name is eric jamal hendricks, he's 35 years old, he was arrested in north carolina, and according to the documents filed in court today by the justice department, he'd been in touch with a number of people on social media and his goal was to try to recruit fighters that he was going to house in a secure
place in order to launch attacks on u.s. military members and other people in the u.s. government. one of the things he wanted to do, according to the court documents, is he wanted to use some of the personal information of u.s. military members that's been released by isis this kill list that's been on the internet now for a couple of years, and he wanted to use that as a way to target members of the military. the irony here is the person who stole that information, the hacker who was responsible for getting that information into the hands of isis is sitting in a jail cell just a few miles away from here in northern virginia where he is awaiting sentencing. he's pleaded guilty to stealing that information and providing it to isis. the hacker, the isis hacker who spread that information, who published that information online, jonade hossain was killed in a drone strike last year. in april of 2015, according to these documents, last year, just before the attack on the prophet
muhammad drawing contest in garland, texas, this man, hendricks, was in touch with elton simpson, who's one of those guys who was trying to carry out that attack. if you'll remember. a security guard was able to stop that attack before anybody else got hurt. >> evan perez reporting live for us on the breaking news this morning, thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," florida lawmakers press the cdc for more money to fight zika. ♪ hi daddy! gain the freedom to fumble with the new water and shatter-resistant samsung galaxy s7 active. buy one now and get the samsung gear s2 for free. exclusively at at&t.
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for charisma, so they wanted to kind of balance the ticket. went on a motorcycle ride last friday -- >> all righty, mike pence handling a question from an 11-year-old boy. much more on that on cnn in the hours to come. in other news, florida officials are ramping up the fight against zika. aerial spraying began this morning around a miami neighborhood experiencing an outbreak of the virus. so far, 15 people have tested positive for zika. in response, the florida governor rick scott has ordered free zika testing statewide for pregnant women. as the cdc shell als out $20,00o florida to help stop the spread of the virus. some lawmakers say that's not nearly enough. i'm joined by a congressman who was part of the delegation requesting more money to fight zika, welcome. >> carol, good morning from miami, thanks for having me. >> nice to have you here. how much money does florida need? >> well, we don't know the exact
amount, but what we do know is that we think the cdc should use a proportional allocation system for disbursing these funds. here in florida, we're especially exposed to this threat. in fact, we're the only part of the country right now where mosquitos are transmitting this disease so i'm going to be meeting with the director of the cdc who is in town, later this morning and we're going to be asking for our fair share. when we're talking about miami, this is an international tourism destination, a trade hub. what happens here doesn't only affect us it affects the whole southeast of the united states and other parts of the country as well so we're hoping we can get more resources. with that, i'll also tell you that congress needs to act. we've been pressing both our colleagues in the house and in the senate to pass some long-term funding so we can response to this threat not just in the short term which we're doing a decent job of right now but also in the long term.
>> you bring up your fellow members of congress but they've left for a seven-week recess without passing a zika funding bill. how would you characterize that? >> well, it's irresponsible. i've been very fair in evaluating this whole zika situation in congress carol, when house republicans brought forward a bill that i thought was inoadequate, insufficient. i mean this is rich breeding ground for mosquitoes. we got a better bill out of a conference report, $1.1 million in funding that didn't expire. senate democrats filibustered. i think both parties share the blame. this is one of the reasons, carol, why americans are so frustrated, because the government cannot get simple things done like funding a response to a public health energy, which could also become
an economic crisis for us in south florida. >> remember the hysteria and the concern surrounding oba ining e? why do you think there's not as much concern surrounding zika? >> well, because for a long time there wasn't much news in the united states about zika. certainly down here because we have so many flights to latin america, people were aware. but, really, there was a lack of awareness. i think probably people from the northern part of the country where, really, mosquitoes aren't a threat, didn't feel a sense of urgency. i think ebola got a lot more coverage. but here we are. this threat is now here in the united states. that's why we're calling for maybe the senate to go back in proforma session. i think only two senators would need to show up, get this passed. if that can't happen, let's have an emergency session of congress, just two, three days, get this done, and make sure in
the long term we can beat this threat. now, i do want to say, carol, it's not like we're not responding to zika today. the administration is using funds that it has at its disposal. we hope they will make even more available. but we do need some long-term certainty. agencies like the cdc need to contract with vendors, with experts. if they don't have the ability to do that long term, it makes it very difficult. my wife's ob/gyn called us yesterday. his practice is packed with women. there is a -- who are concerned about this, pregnant women. there is a panic in south florida. people are worried. and the government needs to act responsibly. >> well, you've made your impassioned plea. i hope someone's listening. thank you for being with me this morning, congressman. still to come in the "newsroom," one day out from opening ceremonies and helicopters with armed guards are swarming rio. why? (vo) my name's nick
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one day out from opening ceremonies in rio and right now hundreds of russian athletes are on pins and needles waiting to see if they can even compete. cnn's nick paton walsh live in rio with more, hi, nick. >> reporter: carol, i'm standing right in front of russia house where russian officials organizers are gathering potentially in the hours ahead, they think, to hear this fateful statement from the ioc, which has put russia and very strong doping allegations against it right at the heart of these games. the ioc tasked to rule if russian sportsmen can compete here. we're just hearing the judo guys can. the weight lifters couldn't earlier. there's about 290 russian sportsmen who have come to rio hoping to get the green light but some sadly will fly home disappointed when the statement comes out. we will hear from a senior russian official behind me at a press conference ahead of their olympic committee about 3:30
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confusion there, the most fundamental part, you might argue, of security screening and the much bigger question to be answered behind me here. this russian team on pins and needles here. hoping to learn who precisely can compete. >> nick paton walsh reporting live from rio, thank you. and thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour" after a break. the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon... then quickly fell back to earth landing on the roof of a dutch colonial.
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