tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN September 6, 2016 1:00pm-2:01pm PDT
>> it is what i remember of his voice. >> when you listen to it, when what is his voice, what does his message mean for you? >> it is meaning offul for me. i like to know that he was thinking of other people. >> more from them tomorrow. i'm brook baldwin, "the lead" starts now. thank you, it is after labor day, put away the white. it is a nearly even race. a major shift in the campaign, and why you can never, ever, count out donald trump. trump is crisscrossing the country yelling "crooked
hillary." but now his own charity is looked at for pay to play controversy. >> and fox news paying a former anchor $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against roger ailes. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper, labor day marked a real shift in strategy. talking to reporters and launching attack after attack for donald trump for not releasing tax returns and much more. no secret as to why the shift, the race is getting tighter. take our new poll for the orc poll, for instance. you may feel like this poll is an outliar. if you're in trump tower, you're hoping that the cnn polls are
right and that you're winning by the slightest of margins right after labor day. when is the head to head horse race numbers here, and what are the reasons for that underneath the top line. >> so a four-way race, and this is among likely voters now that we're past labor day, likely voters. trump has a two-point edge. 45% to 43%. 7% for johnson. 2% for stein. this is what is driving the horse race here. donald trump has a 20 point advantage among independent voters. mitt romney won independent voters, lost the election, but won them by only five points, hillary clinton has work to do with folks in the middle of the electorate. hillary clinton is winning women overall, but she is beating
donald trump by 53 points among single women versus donald trump who is winning maried women by 17 points. this is a normal partisan divide, but it is on steroids this season. and then, are you very enthusiastic about voting. 58% say they are extremely or very enthusiastienthusiastic. only 46% of the clinton voters say they are enthusiastic. >> it is not a national popular vote state by state, are there more paths for him to get to the 270 electoral votes? >> yes. and you're right to notice that. a state by state contest. most battleground states, she, hillary clinton, has the advantage and almost all of the battleground states. donald trump needs to do the
work on the ground to create an opening for him to have a clearer past to 270 than he does right now. >> not all good news for donald trump in this poll. look and you will find several critical areas where he needs to shore up his standing with voters. two of them on who would better handle foreign policy. trump trails clinton in that poll. 56% to 40%. on temperment, proving he can sit in the big chair and command, he lags but 56% to 36%. big numbers where he needs to improve. sunland, this event that trump just held seems to be intended to help the numbers and lesson doubts about trump as commander in chief. >> yes, it was designed by the trump campaign to focus on national security to try to compensate for all of that, but for trump it is still about the
lingering questions after his daily recalibrations to the immigration policy. >> we should not have been in iraq, but we should not have gotten out the way we got out. isis just evolved from the turmoil, weakness, and stupidity of the decisions. >> people say as an example, russia, hillary likes to play tough with russia. putin looks at her and laughs. >> mike pence happeners a similar theme. >> trump said you can have broud shoulders and still stand with grace and pois in the
international stage. >> announcing their support for trump and calling for long overdue course correction. but as the trump team tries to refocus, trump is still shifting stance on immigration is raising more questions about the corner stone issue of his campaign. >> they are refusing to close the door to get legal status without leaving the country. telling reporters on monday -- >> we'll make that future in the future. trump also leaving open the possibility saying it could be that some undocumented immigrants get to stay. adding "i'm going to make a decision or somebody will, because me or somebody else because by that time well have a
secure border. at his major immigration policy speech in arizona. >> they will have one option, to return home and them come back like everybody else. >> dealing with it, the press, i tell you, it is not a big deal. it is leaving many to question whether or not this is a calculated strategic move on his part to keep his stance so vague. he is giving a lot more questions than he is for answers. >> okay, thank you so much. donald trump has been accusing hillary clinton of pay to play with donors to the charity.
but with complaints against trump university, they wanted to see if it was any relation to people in florida. we find out that trump paid a fine for an illegal do i nation by his foundation to supporting attorney general pam bondi, and trump has bragged about what he has gotten because of what he gave. >> i have given to hillary and everybody. that is my job, i have to do it. when i want something, i get it. when i call, they kiss my ass, okay? they kiss my ass. >> trump insisted he only gave money to bondi because he has known her for years and he respects her, but his chairbrite foundation violated tax law by
this. is this an example of what trump has said in the past? >> they said it is nothing like a quid pro quo, pay to play, but we found the facts and we'll let them speak for themselves. >> it is my great honor to let me introduce to you -- >> attorney general pam bondi is a huge supporter of donald trump. she is also the florida attorney general whose office decided not to pursue a case against donald trump. and the decision was made almost exactly at the same time that trump made a $25,000 donation to pam bondi's political pact. >> i have just known.
>> fred: -- just known her for years. >> he denies any connection. pam bondi also denies any connection calling it bullying by the clinton campaign. so what did happen? pam bondi took office in 2011. prior to her taking office, the florida attorney general's office, but it, too, was out of business. since pam bondi took office, up until the decision was made, he received just one complaint against trump university. according to a spokesman, it wasn't enough to justify florida filing suit. instead staff duing due diligence refewed the complaints and made the proper
determination that the new york litigation -- the spokesman also said that pam bondi had nothing to do with it, the decision was made by staff. and the spokesman says pambondi didn't know there was complaints around trump. but pam bondi was roughering to a political donation. bondi's attorney general's office never pursued the case. did one follow the other? pam bondi, again today, says no. >> of course i ask her for a contribution, that's not what this is about, she said he was under investigation by my office at the time and that i knew
about it. none of which is true. >> many states were looking at states and deciding if they should pursue a case or not. shoes states all have democrats as attorney general at the time. other than a few warning letters, they also decided not to file lawsuits. >> so what does ben carson think about that $25,000 payment? that is next. ♪ rock-a-bye stacy, your day is through. ♪
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thank you for being here. >> absolutely, a pleasure. >> i would love to get clarity here on an issue that continues to confuse people. last week, trump said there would be no path to legalization without people leving and getting back in line like everything else. now he said he will decide in the future, does he have a firm decision on what happens to the undocumented immigrants in the country right now and can you explain to me what it is? >> he wants to prioritize things. like if you had a laceration to your leg, and you're bleeding profusely.
you can spend time trying to clean up the blood or put a tourniquet on up stream. he wants to secure the border first and fore most. the laws have not really been applied. they have all tried to -- trying to use this issue as a political football. >> i understand that, but what you're saying right now, seal the border, deal with the criminal ail yentiliens -- that everyone says. >> i have not finished yet, okay? okay, so i said those are the priorities. those are the first things you do. and then, you want to look and see what is left over afterwards. there will be time to consider in a compassionate and fair way what to do with individuals that
don't necessarily want to become american citizens. if they want to, they want to vote, they have to go through the same thing that everyone else does. if they don't, there is a possibility of a guest worker program or other things. these are things that can be looked at in a calm and rational manner after we stem the tide. >> i understand, sir, but that is the same position that you had, that jeb bush had, marco rubio had, and as you know, one of the ways he said he would win is be tougher than all yof you guys, remove all of the undocumented immigrants in the country with a deportation force. now that seems to be evaporating into the ether. >> it is irrelevant at this
point, he is the nominee, and he needs rational plans, and he has to deal with experts and advisories, and it needs to be done in a fair and compassionate manner. >> i don't think promises made to voters are irrelevant. i didn't say they were, but bear in mind, what you talk about during a campaign, and what actually happens, as you know, in and all administrations are different. you get different information. you learn things along the way and you make adjustments along the way, perhaps there are others that already learned those things, it doesn't matters. the important thing is that it gets learned and integrated. >> i want to ask you about
another important issue. >> there is no disagreement because i agree it does matter, but it matters what someone promises on their way to the nomination, and if they change their position to what their opponents had in the primaries, it undermines the sincerity of just that promise. >> very much like the promises that have been made to people in our inner cities for decades. yet their conditions are not getting any better, those matter, too. >> agreed and i will goat that in one second. donald trump continues to hammer hillary clinton for alleged corruption, but i want to get your reaction to the charitable donation of donald trump to attorney general pam bondi at the same time she was looking at fraud allegations. she did not pursue it and enter
into the suit. trump has bragged that he gives money to politicians and they do his bidding, does this bother you at all? >> i know them both, i know that they're friends, and i know that people tend to support their friends and their campaigns. pam bondi is a very meticulous lawyer, and would be looking at anything that looked aconstitute. i think if people want to investigate it, they should, but it is not consistent with what i know. >> the contribution was illegal and he had to pay a fine. >> and if that was illegal, he should have paid a fine, no question about it. i have no problem with that. >> you don't think it under mines his position saying
hillary clinton does pay to play? >> well, you know, donald trump has admitted that he knows how the system works, and that he has worked with democrats and republicans, and that money has been exchanged. you know, he has not tried to hide the fact that has occurred. a lot of times the rules become more clear after you have done something. th it happens, and that is why we have rules and laws and people have to pay the consequences when they learn. one of the things i learned in my run was the depth of corruption on both sides is unimaginable. just unimaginable. >> what about donald trump's
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is the current strategy working? dr. carson, you were with mr. trump over the weekend. you took him on a tour of your neighborhood. he has been saying he will make lives better for african-americans and other minorities. it doesn't seem like nonwhite voters are buying it. 86% of respondants favored clinton. it doesn't seem like his outreach is working. >> don't you think it's better if he does some outreach. republicans have pretty much left the vote to the democrats.
in terms of school choice, school vouchers. a good education is really the foundation for success in our society. and he is talking about policies that will, you know, create an atmosphere that allow jobs to flourish. that will help everybody. >> i agree the outreach is great and good for the republican nominee to be reaching out to communities that don't necessarily historically support republicans. one thing i hear all of the time is they're resistant to donald trump because he lead the charge to say that the nation's first african-american president was born in africa and not born in the united states. obviously as a factual matter, president obama was born in the united states. is it time for him to acknowledge that was all a mistake so that african-american
voters to whom he is reaching out may be able to better reason to his message? >> i think that would be a good idea, absolutely. let's get all of the hate, and the rankor out of the way to be able to discuss the issues. we need to be discussing the incredible national debt, and what the cost and consequences of that are. we need to be discussing how do we secure our nation, you know, from those who want to destroy us. we need to be talking about our prison reform, educational reform, these are the big issues. and how we get caught up in all of this other stuff, you know, is a reason we will go down the tubes if we don't correct it. >> always a pleasure to have you
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was overdue. and she is her best messenger. >> hillary clinton taking questions from reporters for the second day in a row. >> i had so much fun yesterday, i wanted to do this again. adventures on the lane. >> on the new plane she now shares with the press after avoiding a formal press conference for months. polls are showing the race tightening, clinton has been more accessible and more on offense, she is criticizing donald trump for not releasing his tax returns. >> it goes on and on. the business activities that have stiff workers, refuse to pay small businesses, so clearly his tax returns tell a story that the american people deserve and need to know. >> she spent the day in
battleground florida. >> his campaign has been one long insult to those who have worn the uniform. >> and her campaign is out with a new ad. >> judonald trump compared his sacrifices to the sacrifices of two parents that lost their child in war. >> what sacrifice have you made for your country? >> i built great structures, i had tremendous success -- >> those are sacrifices. >> clipton is trying to sell voters they can't trust trump on the world stage. 50% of voters say that trump is the more honest and trust worthy candidate. >> let them see your heart a
little more. she has the heart. >> she also, it appears have allergies. >> every time i think about trump, i get allergic. her coughing fits have happened a few times, and donald trump has questioned her wellness. today said main stream media have never covered hillary's coughing attack. what's up? hillary clinton says just the pollen count. >> we have learned that she will have back up from first lady michelle obama, and also elizabeth warren. >> brianna, thank you so much. the first presidential debate is
just 20 days away. what can we expect to see on stage? and how are they preparing to go one on one? >> for months they have been huffing -- >> i am looking forward two debating trump come fall. >> i look forward to that debate. >> ready to win the white house show down. who can withstand the pressure of a presidential debate? >> a race for president is a long audition for the toughest job on the planet. >> donald trump is predicted to be, well, unpredictable. his fans think this plays to his strengths, but there are risks -- >> you called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> no script could mean a good
donald. >> senator sanders did call me unqualified. i have been called a lot of things in my life, that was a first. >> the former secretary of state is expected to tout her accomplishments but in a way that comes at her own risk. >> in addition to the nra, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the iranians, probably the republicans. >> her ad libbed partisanship got her blow back last year. >> i think she needs to avoid that per sewn in a. >> cue donald trump's exchange on the nuclear triad?
>> do you a priority. >> look for me, nuclear, the power, the devastation is important to me. >> he has to show mastery and knowledge of issues that he has not shown to date. that is when he speaks to something where he has a large body of support. >> clinton was viewed as less honest and truth worthy. >> i think that is potentially quite problematic for her. >> take this refusal to engage her opponent on her e-mail controversy. >> secretary clipton, do you want to respond? >> no. >> it even earned a "saturday night live" spoof. >> secretary clinton, do you want to respond. >> no.
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cases in the continental united states including 35 feet that got it from locally transmitted cases. also 624 pregnant women show signs of zika, faced with the horrifying possibility that their babies may be born with severe birth defects. the center for disease control says among being used to combat sdpooe ka will run out by the end of this month. let's bring in renee marsh. they are going to vote moments from now, is there any indication it will move forward this time around? >> it is supposed to happen in about an hour from now, and we do not expect it to pass. lawmakers there fresh off of a seven week recess, and they're
picking up with the blame game. >> democrats decided to block a bill that keeps pregnant women and babies safer. >> they are cutting short the seven-week break and return to the capital in order to pass emergency zika funding. they say no, we're going to stay home some more. >> that funding goes towards things like vaccines and killing off the mosquito population. it is not really just about money, it comes down to abortion politics and the confederate flag. the democrats are claning that tied to the bill is language that presents plannedparenthood, and similar type health clinics from receiving any of that
funding. but they're arguing that because it is spread throughtivi activi that clinics should receive some of that funding. and also that hurdle has language in the bill that allows confederate flags to fly at veteran cemeteries. >> and florida is the zee ka hot zone in the continental united states. what are officials there doing to try to pressure congress to address zika funding? >> we know that senators marco rubio, who is up for reelection, has been up and foc vocal about getting something done. we know that the government of florida, rick scott, was supposed to come to capitol hill
to come and pass the bill. the hurricane that blew through, i spoke with governor scott's office today. they say they plan on rescheduling that trip. and the push is to get the funding bill passed. until that is done, jake, the pressure will mount on both sides. with people going to the polls, the thing the lawmakers cannot afford is for nothing to be done for politics, essentially, to get in the way of congress tackle thg public health issue that is bad optics, they don't that want before the people go to the polls. the pressure is mounting. that vote is expected to happen in about an hour. we do not expect it to pass, jake. >> okay, renee marsh on capitol hill for us. thank you so much. there was 13 murders over labor day weekend in the city of chicago. 2016 has been the deadliest year
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fox news set to pay a whopping $20 million to settle a lawsuit with anchor gretchen carlson. more surprising from the settlement, she also got a pubic policy. $20 million, an and apoll give, that seems like an admission of guilt. >>. >> yes, the murdoch's say he was harassing women in his off. usually it becomes a he said, she said. the allegations are swept under the carpet, and this time it
ended differently. >> the real story behind carlson's actual harassment lawsuit will now never see a courtroom. fox's parent company announcing a bombshell $20 million settlement made by the network on behalf of ailes. fox issuing a highly unusual statement saying we sincerely regret and apologize that gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and her colleagues deserve. so the murdochs are clearly trying to move own and ailes is still fighting. he resigned under pressure in late july, and now he is giving advice to donald trump, though not formally working for the campaign.
in all, 20 women spoke with the outside lawfirm about ailes harassment. >> these are incredibly personal stories. ailed denied it. one of the best known hosts, letting her walk out the door now that ailes is out. she says fox has not felt like home to me more a few years. now she is looking for a new broadcasting job, as for carlson, maybe there is advocacy work in her future. she says she will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. we'll see what happens with them, but we're also learning that beyond carlson, more women reaching smaller settlements with fox news today, this is all part of the efforts to move on.
we know that it is showing the extent of the scandal in fox. >> that is it for "the lead" i'm jake tapper, follow me on twitter. i now turn you over to situation room. happening now, virtual tie, our exclusive new cnn poll show hillary clinton and donald trump neck and neck for the first time in months. is his shift in tone and softer immigration stance appealing -- increasing his appeal? pinning the foundation. clinton goes after trump saying he broke the law by donating money to a group backing the florida attorney general. clinton says he wanted to hold off an investigation of donald trump. and