Skip to main content

tv   Wolf  CNN  August 5, 2016 10:00am-11:01am PDT

10:00 am
comey's testimony and is this not undercutting your efforts to rebuild trust with the american people? >> look, chris, i appreciate your asking that because i was pointing out on in both of those instances, that the director comey had said that my answers in my fbi interview were truthful. that's really the bottom line here. and i have said during the interview and on many other occasions over the past months, that what i told the fbi, which he said was truthful is consistent with what i have said publicly. so i may have short sirktd acir and for that i will try to clarify, because i think chris wallace and i were talking past each other. of course he could opening talk to what i had told the fbi and i appreciated that. now, i have acknowledged repeatedly that using two e-mail
10:01 am
accounts was a mistake and i take responsibility for that. but i do think, you know, having him say my answers to the fbi were truthful and then i should quickly add what i said was consistent with what i had said publicly and that's really sort of in my view trying to tie both end together. >> so the one inconsistency. he did say, here's the facts behind that as well, you know that i preside, i sent over 30,000 e-mails to the state department that were work-related e-mails. director comey said that only three out of 30,000 had anything resembling classifying markers. what does that mean?
10:02 am
well, usually, if any of you have ever served in the government, a classified document has a big heading on the top, which makes very clear what the classification is. and in questioning, director comey made the point that the three e-mails out of the 30,000 did not have the appropriate markings. and it was, therefore, reasonable to conclude that anyone, including myself, would have not suspected that they were classified and, in fact, i think that has been discussed by others who have said two out of those three were later explained by the state department not to have been in anyway confidential at the time that they were delivered. so that leaves the 100 out of
10:03 am
30,000 e-mails that director comey testified contained classified information, but again heing a knowledged there were no markings on those 100 e-mails. and so what we have here is pretty much what i have been saying throughout this whole year and that is that i never sent or received anything that was marked classified. now if in retrospect, which is what is behind the 100 number, if in retrospect some different actions said, but it should have been, although it wasn't, that's what the debate is about, but director comey said there was absolutely no intention on my part to either ignore or in
10:04 am
anyway dismiss the importance of those documents, because they weren't marked classified. so that would have been hard to do and i will go back to where i started. i regret using up with account. i've taken responsibility for that, but i am pleased to be able to clarify and explain what i think the bottom line is on this. >> very quickly, before we get to our panel, donald trump says this whole thing, you can't be trusted with national security. today you are endorsed by former cia director michael morell who said trump can't be trusted. he went so far to say he has been turned by putin. do you agree with that assessment? >> well, i had the great honor of working with mike morrell, spending a lot of hours with him in the white house. she a consummate professional who has devoted his entire
10:05 am
professional career to protecting our country. i was honored to receive his endorsement. i will let his comments speak for themselves. but i really appreciated his explaining as he did in his op ed. some of what's at stake in this election. >> thank you, now,ing is, i believe we have a question from one of our panelists in the previous. can you stand up? >> hi, i'm a national political reporter with the "new york times." my question is you have accused donald trump of using racist and sexist language. what does it say about the electorate that so many americans are supporting him? >> well, i, i really, i really believe that the core of his support, i'm not going to speak for everyone that supports him, because i think there have been
10:06 am
some quite distressing statements coming out of his rallies and his supporters and who has aligned himself with them. i think the core of his support really centers on the disaproimt point in the economy that so many americans feel. and what i have been saying is, you know, i'm going to bring this country together. i think we have three overarching goals. we need more economic opportunity. we need to protect our national security and we have got to work towards american unity. so i have been trying to understand what it is that has driven people to support trump and i have met with some people. i have listened to them. and so many of them are looking for an explanation as to why they've lost the job they had for 18 years when the factory closed and nobody cared about them, what they're going to do
10:07 am
when their whole life was spent mining coal and they made $80 thousand a year, now they can barely find a job making minimum wage. why the centers have so many old industrial towns in america are hallowed out and people are turning to opiates and heroin. the list goes on, so that's what i've heard. i think we have to recognize that, of course, some of the appeal is xenophoebic and race it. we have to act knowledge that. let's not lose sight of the real pain that many americans are feeling because the economy has left them behind. so i have said, i said it again in my acceptance speech last thursday, i want to be the president for all americans?
10:08 am
i want to lift up and give everybody a chance to pursue their dreams and that means people supporting him. when i went to west virginia, i knew i was not going to win west virginia. i can tell you that and i was in a meeting with a group of folks, including before a coal miner who was incredibly emotional and talking to me and outside there was a big trump protest going on and one of the people at the protest, for goodness sakes was blankenship who had just been convicted of reckless indifference towards the well-being of his coal miners, causing deaths. so clearly the lines are pretty stark. but i have said, you know, i've got a plan for coal country. i've got a plan for indian
10:09 am
country. i got a plan for inner cities, for rural communities. it's one of the reasons i said in my remarks that i support jim clyburn's 10, 20, 30 proposal which would help all kind of communities in america. jim and i have talked about this. so we have to reject and stand up against the appeals to a kind of bigotry and the use of bluster and bullying that we see coming from trump's campaign. but let's not forget the real economic challenges that too many americans of all backgrounds are facing today. so that's how i think about it. and that's how i'm going to try in this campaign to respond to and rebuke all of the horrible things he says on a pretty regular basisch not about me. i can care les about that. but when he goes after
10:10 am
individuals, when he accuses a distinguished federal judge of mexican heritage of not being fair when he insults a gold star family of a muslim american who served in the military, you know the list. i will stand up and calm him out on that. but i will also keep reaching out to americans of all races and ethnicities and wherever they live to tell them that i am not going to forget about them after this election. i'm going to work my hard out to have every single person have a better job with a idz radioing income and make sure their kids get a good education and everything else i think they are owed here in america. >> i think we have another question from our panel. >> madam srkts thank you for being here. on behalf of all of us, we encourage you to do this more often with reporters across the country.
10:11 am
especially those news organizations that travel the country with you everywhere you go. a majority of voters consistently say, frankly, they don't like you and they don't trust you. and they say pretty much the same thing about donald trump. either you or mr. trump will be elected president. how would you leave a nation where a majority of americans trust you, and what extra responsibility that you might have to show you are up to the task. >> let me start by saying every time i have done a job, people have counted on me and trusted me. and at the convention last week, we highlighted the events of my life, starting as a defense fund of taking on juveniles in south carolina, segregated acad miss so-called in alabama, fighting for to get an education and all
10:12 am
the way through the work i did as senator at 9/11 and representing all of you as secretary of state. so there is and i take this seriously, you know, don't doubt that. i take it seriously. i know it doesn't make me feel good when people say those things and i recognize that i have work to do. but when i started running for the senate in new york, a lot of the same things were said i won. i worked hard for the people of new york. i was re-elected with 67% of the vote after i demonstrated that i would be on their side. i would fight for the people i represented. i ran a really hard campaign against barack obama as i think everybody remembers. it got a little contentious. to my surprise, he turns around asks me to be secretary of state because he trusted me and then i served at secretary of state and when i left i had a 66% approval rating.
10:13 am
so ask yourselves were 67% of the people in new york wrong? were 66% of the american public wrong or maybe just maybe when i'm actually running for a job there is a real benefit to those on the other side in trying to stir up as much concern as possible. so i take it seriously, and i'm going to work my heart out in this campaign and as president to produce results for people, to get the economy to work for everybody, not just those at the top, to do as much as i can to help people, who i said earlier, who may not vote for manych because i think our country is at a crossroads election. president obama said it extremely well, both in what his speech discussed and the convention, what his press conferences since have pointed out. this is a crossroads election. there is so much at stake.
10:14 am
you can look at my record of public service. you can meet people and families who were benefitted by the children's health program. you can meet people benefitted by reforming the foster care and adoption system. can you meet first responders and survivors from 9/11 who were benefitted because i went to bat for them. can you meet national guards members and their families who didn't have health care unless they were deployed before i worked with republicans to fix that. you can go down a long list. we'd be happy to provide it to you. of what i have done because i believe in public service and i am proud that i have had the great, great opportunity to work on behalf of giving more people a better life ever since i was right out of law school. so i will get up every day and make my case. i think there will be an opportunity for a lot of people
10:15 am
to actually hear it. >> madam secretary, kevin merit, editor-in-chief of the undefeated at espn. what is the most meaningful conversation you've had with an african-american friend? >> oh my gosh. well, ki -- could i tell you that i am blessed to have a crew of great friends as i've had two chiefs of staff who were my african-american women friends, maggie williams and cheryl mills. i have been blessed to have people by my side in politics like mignon moore one of the leaders of my campaign. i've had a great group of young people who i have been really motivated by and frankly learned
10:16 am
from, so i really have had a lifetime of friendship going back to my college years at one of my best friend was an african-american student. so i can't compress into one conversation. thai they supported me, they chastised me. they've raised issues with me. they've tried to expand my music am tastes. so we've had a lot of, we've had a lot of great, great times because of our frveiendships. so i can't pick really one conversation out of 50 years of conversations. my friend betty lewis is here, she became the dean of education at trinity walk.
10:17 am
i want to quality her. donna practi do donna brazil is the acting care of the dfc. i guess i'll leave it at. that i think i'm going to respect the code of friendship silence. but please know i've got a lot of great friends who have given me so much more. >> there is such little time, lots of questions. they're signaling us, but i would be remiss, we are in a room number of latino journalists and i have to ask you, and give you an opportunity to respond and set the record clear. that the democratic party, does your campaign take latino voters seriously or are you taking them for granted that they will automatic ally vote democrat?
10:18 am
>> i take them seriously because i've had the great privilege of working for many years with latino leaders, activists, business men and women. you know, just as i responded to the question, my first experience working on behalf of latinos was, actually, before i was a legal services lawyer, through my church i baby sat haty no kids on saturdays while their parents and older siblings went to the fields outside of my home in chicago, which used to be hard to believe now. miles of farmland. it was my first real lesson in how much more we all have in common. there i was 11 or 12-years-old, baby-siting these little kids, at the end of the day, the old ram shackled bus stopped at the
10:19 am
end of the road and the parent and older brother and sisters got out. these kids broke loose and started running down that road with their arms outstretched calling for their mothers and their fathers and getting swept up in very tired arms and then when i was a little bit older, my church arranged exchanges with latino churches. we would go into the city of chicago, sit in church basements, talk about our likes, again, it reenforced what to me was so much of a common sense of, you know, what we wanted in our life, even though their lives and pine were very different and as a legal services lawyer, as the chair of the legal services corporation, we expanded legal services into places against a lot of political opposition. so i feel very fortunate that i've had the chance to work with
10:20 am
and learn from so many latinos and latinos across america. . when i ran for the senate, i worked closely with our elected representatives both at the city, state and national level. i was honored that they rallied around to support me and were a part of the great victory that we had in the primary in new york. so, no, i don't take any voter for granted and i particularly don't take any voter who is placing their trust and confidence in me for granted. because i am going to get up as i said every single day and work my heart out to get the results that i have told you, we're going to achieve together. and i know it's hard. i have been around as you all know very well. i'm not new to this. it doesn't happen by hoping it happens or wishing it happens. it happens by doing everything
10:21 am
you possibly can and i am blessed to have such close working reasons and friendships with latino leaders tonight at my house. we will be having a big event with latino business leaders coming from around america and so i'm going to do what i've always done. you 53, i think at the core of political leadership is relationship. you got to build relationships with individualsant communitiesch i know it doesn't happen by just asking for it. it happens because you work hard to achieve it. so i'm going to do everything i can to make sure that any latino voter who votes for me knows i will be doing my best to deliver on everything that i've said. i will tell you as we go along, what the challenges are, i may ned to ask for your help. i may need you to put pressure on elected officials. i may need you to flood the
10:22 am
internet or flood the old fashioned you know mailbox of elected representatives, so they know people are watching. but that's how we are going to get it done. i'm pretty confident and opt mick about that. so i hope that people will take this election seriously. i sure take you seriously. together i think we can create the kind of future that every one of our kids and grandkids deserve. thank you all very much. >> secretary clinton, we are out of time. we want to thank you very much. everyone please, a good round of applause to secretary clinton for coming. [ applause ] >> the democratic presidential nominee hillary clinton speaking at the national association of black journalists and hispanic journal amgists at a joint conference, donald trump by the way declined an invitation to also appear. she answered lots of questions, our national correspondent is with us, our cnn political director is here with us and walk post reporter dr. moore is
10:23 am
with us as well. david, the secretary went through a lot of important issues-to-defending herself on what she actually said about her e-mails and the fbi director said she insisted there is no significant difference into what she said as opposed to what he testified about. >> that will be the headline out of these questions and answers, no doubt. she is twice this week first in the fox interview and the second time this week seemed to suggest that comey had been sort of testifying to her truthfulness when there is videotape of him saying where, indeed, some of her public statements were not what the investigation found. so how she tried to clean that up today was she was, she said she short circuited the conversation with chris wallace. she was trying to say what comey testified was that all of her answers to the fbi in her interview were truthful, period, then she wanted to go on to say, and everything i told the fbi mirrors what i said in public.
10:24 am
so that, too, was truthful. then she got in the weeds on this again, she went down into the classification and talked about those three e-mails that bor markings of classification, according to director comey, but that somebody could reasonably have not taken them to be classified. she sort of hung her hat on that, i just think whenever she is back in the weeds discussing individual e-mails and numbers of e-mails and what the classification was, she is in a place she doesn't want to be that day. >> so you got into a lot of specific details, she was also asked, david, about donald trump's assertion, and other people's assertion. she should never again get security clearances, receive classified information because of her record in dealing with that private e-mail server. >> that's why this issue for her is a real problem, continues to be. if you can't get over it, it will distract from her overall message. she was talking to african-american and hispanic journalists, broadening her base, the point is that president obama and secretary clinton are trying to make this
10:25 am
election about trump's fitness for office. president obama made it very clear at the pittsburgh yesterday that trump is not fit for office, he shouldn't be trusted with the nuclear codes and his own security briefings. now you have a sense of clinton continuing to face questions about whether she has been hiding stuff from the american public. whether she is duplicitous, the fact that she answered questions on a sort of a press conference setting for the question of being up front and honest. >> she did go into defending her article by michael morrell in today's "new york times," he endorses her, supports her and says at one point john alleged j. trump is not only unqualified for the job, he may well pose a threat to our national security. she referred to that as a badge of honor no her perspective. >> this adds to a whole strategy the clinton campaign has put in place of going to people in the national security apparatus, going to people who traditional
10:26 am
vote republicans, not the registered republican or democrat, but folks like michael hayden or others, using them to be vamdators to help bolster the argument that she doesn't think donald trump is fit to be commander-in-chief. >> suzanne is there on the scene for us at this joint conference. suzanne, she's also defended her record to a certain degree the president's record. the president by some hispanic journal allegists has been accused of being a desupporter in chief because so many of the undocumented imgrantsz here in the united states have been deported during his seven years, seven.5 years in office. she made the case, she has a little different attitude on this issue than the president does. >> yes, that's absolutely right. i think there is an assumption here that the latino vote, latino community is automatically going to be lining up behind her and within this audience, within the community, we hear a lot of skepticism, really, about president obama and how he has dealt with a
10:27 am
comprehensive immigration reform, that he really did not take advantage of the opportunity initially when all of the democrats had the power. he could have pushed it through. that was a very key point she made about the timing of it all, having lost the house. that's one of the first things she will address in her first 100 days. she made a point to say that she, i mean, she's continually in the obowl legacy the obama policy initiatives, but she also differs in this way and that is going to be a priority. it's no mistake that she's actually doing that. so she makes sure she is locking up that very important constituency. >> she is making it clear among the undocumented immigrants in the united states, if they're law abiding, they will not be deported. she is not breaking up families if she is elected president. i want to play a clip near the top. this is what she said. we'll discuss. >> we need to stand up as a country and say that donald
10:28 am
trump doesn't represent who we are and what we believe. that is what my campaign, what tim kaine and i and everyone supporting us is doing every day. we're going to keep at it. because i believe with all my heart that america is better than this. pe america is better than donald trump. >> she spent a lot of time in her prepared remarks and answering questions going after donald trump. >> as david was saying before, the effort is to make this a referendum on donald trump. we didn't go out there and say tim kaine are saying why we are the inspiring choice that should rally. it is about making donald trump an acceptable alternative t. clintons want to make sure when have you somebody like hillary clinton or a sitting vice president you have the air or aura of incumbency, it would be a referendum on hillary clinton. she is trying to make sure the
10:29 am
electorate sees it as a recommendation. >> that strategy seems to be working, you look at the national pom numbers following both convention, you look at key battleground states the poll numbers in georgia, she's doing really well. >> it may be her strategy or her help from the president. although that's certainly helpful. she is welcoming what the president is saying almost on a daily basis. trump says a lot of what he agrees in public, there has been sense she has been sliding under the surface of the trump headlines, she will get headlines today from front of these journalists. i'm sure he expects trump to put his foot in it again fairly soon. she and the president continued this sort of double wham my going after him on his fitness. >> guys, thanks very much, coming up, we get a different perspective t. donald trump campaign adviser, dr. ben carson will join us live. there you see him. we'll take a quick break.
10:30 am
we'll be right back.
10:31 am
10:32 am
10:33 am
10:34 am
>> we just heard from hillary clinton at a conference in washington. she took several shots at trump, she said it's her job each and every day to comment on her sper specttive. dr. ben carson is a top adviser to donald trump. thanks very much, dr. carson, for joining us. >> absolutely. >> she says america is better than donald trump. you heard what she told those hispanic and african-american journalists. i want to get your response. >> obviously, it's an attempt to make this whole thing about
10:35 am
donald trump. if we can always be talking about him and his short comings, we don't have to talk about her and her short comings. we don't have to talk about the economy. this is something that is very important to the american people. we don't have to talk about terrorism. we don't have to talk about how isis was formed because of her policies and barack obama's policies of withdrawing and allowing that vacuum to form. there are a whole host of things i am sure they would prefer not to talk about. it's much easier to try to talk about donald trump. but this is about so much more than donald trump. so much more than hillary clinton. we're talking about the future of this country, this direct of this country for our childrened on our grandchildren. they do not want to talk about that. >> i want to talk about the economy in a moment. i want to get your reaction, your response to what the former acting cia director michael morrell, wrote an article in the "new york times," endorsing secretary clinton, describing donald trump this way.
10:36 am
let me put it up on the screench he said, donald j. trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security. in sharp contrast to mrs. clinton, mr. trump has no experience on national security. even more important the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even draangerous commander-in-chief. he spent 20-plus years. served democratic presidents, republican presidents. he said he can no longer remain silent and wrote this arm. your reaction. >> my reaction is that he has also involved with the secretary of state during the benghazi thing and he was not critical of her in a situation where we had those navy seals on top of that compound firing away, helping their colleagues escape. and i know in the back of their mind, they were saying, help is on the way.
10:37 am
because we've always supported our troops. we've always supported our staff. we left them. we said it's too dangerous. what precedent does that set? what does that tell our military people in the future you get in a scrape, you're on your own? that's not a good message. that's somebody who i think would not be a fit commander-in-chief. >> so you are saying hillary clinton would not be a bit commander-in-chief. but you are raising questions now about mike morrell, a career professional, rose through the ranks, are you suggesting what, that he's partisan, that he's not responsible? >> that he supports, yeah, he supported her throughout that whole endeavor. if he was truly someone who was concerned about america, about our defense and about our image, i think he would not have participated in that. >> he had two cia contractors who were killed in that benghazi
10:38 am
operation, terrorist attack. i assume hess very, very intimately involved if all that of that and all of the congressional reviews, basically, did not condemn if at all, as far as i know. >> well, whether they condemned him or fought, he was a part of it, wolf. you can't get him out of it. he was in it. he knew what was going on. he knew -- i mean, this is really quite, quite clear. so why was he not concerned about that if he's so concerned about the defense of our nation? >> i am sure he is very concerned. he is also right now in this article very concerned about donald trump and his relationship with vladmir putin, the russian president. listen to what he writes, among other things, about that, he says in the intelligence business, we would say that mr. putin has recruited mr. trump as an unwiting agent of the russian federation. now, those are very -- that's a very powerful accusation.
10:39 am
>> yeah, but, wolf, there's going to be all kind of accusations flying from both sides, things that aren't accurate and things that again are trying to make this about hillary clinton or about donald trump. it's not about them. and i think a lot of the american people recognize that. that's why you are seeing some of these large enthusiastic crowds, even though there are a lot of the things to the contrary. they see hope, they want a future for their children. they want economic freedom. they don't like the fact that we are going on 20 trillion dollar deficit. they don't believe people who say the economy is humming along beautifully because they have eyes and ears. they can see about it. >> let's talk about the economy, 255,000 jobs created last month, 30 months, 15 million jobs created since the great recession that president obama
10:40 am
inherited when he took office. you remember in 2009, the u.s. was losing maybe 800,000 jobs a month, 900,000 jobs a month. unemployment is right around, 10%. it's clearly improved dramatically since then, wouldn't you agree? >> i don't know about the dramatically part. there has been some improvement. i'm happy for that. that's good. but i want you to understand that this is the first time in a seven or eight-year period of a president that we have consistently had less than 3% growth. i don't believe that has ever happened in the history of the united statesch people say it's the new normal. there is nothing normal about it. its these policies, these excessive regulations tamping down the ability of people to use their god given abilities to create in this country. it's excessive taxation. it's things that allow the government to grow and control our lives, when the american
10:41 am
people don't need somebody controlling their lives. >> you remember, the economy, where it was when it took office the dow jones was 7,000, now it's what 18,000? that's a pretty dramatic up provement. if you ask people who remember what it was like at the end of 2008, the beginning of 2009, that great recession we were all having, what it's like now, there has been a dramatic improvement, even though it's by no means perfect. >> it's been a dramatic improvement for you, wolf, for me and all of hillary clinton's wall street buddies but it's not an improvement for the average american family who's lost 2,000 in annual income over the last few years. so it's not even and what we need to do is be looking for things that will spread the wealth to all of the people. not just the selected few. >> let me get your reaction. because the latest uproar, involving donald trump and the house speaker paul ryan. you know so far donald trump has
10:42 am
failed to endorse ball rievenlt he's got his own primary election coming up next tuesday, certainly hasn't endorsed john mccain or new hampshire, senator kelly aiott. you told me on wednesday you thought trump would be on board especially with paul ryan. you still believe that? >> yes, i believe he will come on board with them. you know, it's much to do about nothing. all those people that you just mentioned are working on the same team. working toward the same goals and they will continue to work together in sterms of what one says versus one day versus another day. it's not important. what is important is that they're continuing to move in the right direction. >> by the way, we're just getting word, in fact, i'm just learning right now that tonight when he's in green bay, donald trump green bay, wisconsin, he will, we are told by two sources, we will go ahead and
10:43 am
endorse paul ryan. you fully anticipated this, did you think he was going to do it before the primary or after the primary? >> i don't, i don't really know, what i do know is that paul ryan is a good man, he works extremely hard and he's very concerned about the direction of our country and the future. and donald trump feels exactly the same way. there's no way that they cannot be working together. >> and do you feel the same way about john mccain and kelly aiotte, should donald trump endorse both of those republicans if they face tough re-election bids? >> i think it would be a wise move, absolutely. >> dr. ben carson as usual, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, washington. have a good weekend. >> you too, please, up coming, colorado, a key battleground state that could help donald trump or hillary clinton win the
10:44 am
white house. so why is hillary clinton suspending political advertising in that state? we will ask the governor. he is standing by like.
10:45 am
10:46 am
10:47 am
>> the breaking news we're
10:48 am
following. we just learned from two sources drumpb is expected to formally publicly endorse paul ryan the house speaker tonight in his primary race. the race coming up on tuesday. the endorsement will come at an event that mr. trump has scheduled in green bay, wisconsin. this comes several days after trump said he wasn't quite there yet on backing paul ryan. once again, the breaking news in the race for the white house. we are told that donald trump will go ahead tonight and endorse the house speaker paul ryan. no word on john mccain of arizona or kelly aiotte of new hampshire. colorado is a key battleground state, one which donald trump has called a must-win in his race for the white house. recent polls there show hillary clinton leading the state. we take a closer look at the different strategies of the two campaigns. >> reporter: in the battleground state of colorado, the ground war. >> i'm getting people registered to vote. >> reporter: taking aim with
10:49 am
real and augmented politics. retailers playing pokemon go to register potential voters. and using other attention-getting draws. a cello, for real? >> a chel low. you have to be unique, in a battleground state like colorado. >> reporter: twice elected republican george w. bush and gave barack obama back-to-back victories. this year thetate is showing signs of leaning democratic. some polls give hillary clinton a double digit leadch another potential advantage, since 2012, democrats have registered more voters than republicans. and the ranks of latino voters continues to grow up to 15.3% higher than the national average. 14 clinton campaign offices are up and running in the state. hundreds of workers are on the pay rom. the operation is expected to triple by early october. >> we're not going to take anything for granted. >> for us, our end game is critical. >> reporter: democrats have spent 5. million on colorado tv
10:50 am
ad, trump supporters have spent 232,000 t. clinton camp now pulling tv ads, in colorado more than one-third of voters are registered independents like mark saban. he supports trump. >> i will do is as an
10:51 am
independent so i will correct directly to donald trump. i do not contribute to the gop. >> reporter: loyalty to trump, not party. an "x" factor not lost on both sides. and with both candidates having high unfavorability numbers, it is leaving some independent voters uncertain of which way they will go in november. >> i'm not even sure of which way i'm going to vote for president. >> so how are you going to decide? >> i don't know. i guess the lesser of two evils. >> that was kyung lah reporting for us from colorado. let's talk about this more with the top democrat in colorado, governor john hickenlooper joins us now live from denver. he of course is a hillary clinton supporters. governor, thanks for joining us. hillary clinton's lead in these polls in your state has significantly grown, and she's pulling advertising at least for now. shah wise? >> i think the campaign is
10:52 am
demonstrating it is going to be nimble and strategic. i think they'll going to move resources now into other states but trust me, they still recognize colorado as a battleground state that they still have to win. as things change or the campaign evolves i would expect to see them back up on the air in colorado in the future. >> in other words, you aren't taking anything for granted and the clinton campaign shouldn't either. is that what you are saying? >> yeah, exactly. i think what we are seeing in the polls. you have to take polls with a grain of salt. what we're seeing in it the polls is certainly a nucmber of democrats and independents and even some republicans are coming around to secretary clinton. i think they find her specifics around proposals around the economy and national security. at the same time most republicans in colorado, many of them, really align themselves around family values. i think they've been disappointed by some of mr. trump's comments. there is a strong pro-military
10:53 am
sentiment in this state, and support for first responders. and when mr. trump was berating the family -- a gold star family who lost their son in combat, and then a week later he's attacking a fire marshall who's just doing his job, that rubs a lot of republicans in the state the wrong way. i think both of those things coming together have created a little bit of space. >> have you said all of that, looking at the polls, looking at what's going on right now, and you know your state, do you think it is still possible donald trump could carry, could win, colorado? >> well, just on my own beliefs i'd like to think that's not possible. but anything's possible. we've known -- we've watched donald trump over the last 12 months again and again defy polls, inexplicable in many cases, inexplicable way. secretary clinton was out here a
10:54 am
couple days ago for a day and a half. and that woman works as hard as anybody i know. she certainly wasn't taking anything for granted. >> what advice are you giving in the campaign? what advice are you giving hillary clinton? >> i think to continue demonstrating that she has a knowledge of policy. when she's talking about how to get the economy going and make it fairer for everyone, she talks about cutting red tape, about expanding access to capital, helping small businesses, and she has specifics. she's going out and really talking about that out to the people. i think that gets a lot of enthusiasm and creates a leverage point. because so far, mr. trump hasn't really given any specifics around any of his -- >> correct me if i'm wrong, when you ask the american public is she honest and trustworthy, 60% if not higher say she isn't honest and trustworthy. that's a big problem for her. >> well, but she's doing exactly
10:55 am
what we should be doing, is going out there and demonstrating day after day after day what a hard worker she is and her command of policy, she knows more -- i mean this -- more than any governor or senator or congress person i've ever worked with. she knows more policy and understands what's failed in the past -- >> so why do so many voters out there think she's not honest? >> i think there is a fairly large cottage industry that the moment she's running for something, they're out making sure that every possible story that could emphasize any mistakes she made, anything that might not have been done right. i thought michael morrell's comments this morning were very valuable. here's somebody who understood the details about benghazi. almost certainly. and he clearly recognizes that hillary clinton is trustworthy, hard working and would be as a commander in chief a far better leader than donald trump. >> all right, governor hickenlooper of colorado, i should say the beautiful state of colorado, governor, thanks
10:56 am
very much for joining us. >> you bet. my pleasure. >> that's it for me. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." the news continues right after a quick break. you're talking to yr doctor about your medication... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helpihelping me go further. humira works for many adults. it targets and helps to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to ra symptoms. doctors have been prescribing humira for over 13 years. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened, as have blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection.
10:57 am
ready for a new chapter? talk to your rheumatologist. this is humira at work.
10:58 am
10:59 am
11:00 am
good afternoon. we begin with breaking news from both sides of the race for president. she hasn't given a press conference in months, but moments ago, hillary clinton taking questions from reporters about donald trump, her trust problems, and the economy. but it is the answer on her controversial e-mai