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our second hour of "360." coming up, the latest from both campaigns as hillary clinton takes questions from reporters on her plane. donald trump's stance on immigration still very much in the air. also a look at the relationship between trump and former fox news chief roger ailes now that fox has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former anchor for $20 million and an apology. we begin this hour on the trump campaign trail. he finished up a rally a short time ago in greenville, north carolina. sara murray joins us from there now. trump talked a lot about hillary clinton's e-mail server, the fbi report tonight. what did he say? >> reporter: well, he was really building on his message of national security today and trying to point out the way that hillary clinton dealt with her e-mail server is, in his view, disqualifying in her pursuit of the presidency and in true donald trump fashion, he used some pretty colorful language to describe her use of a private e-mail server and various communications devices, calling it shady behavior. >> they used hammers to destroy phones so they couldn't be
turned over, and by the way, who uses 13 different iphones? in four years? who? the only people who use that many phones are usually involved in very, very, and i mean, very shady activity. >> reporter: now, our new cnn/orc poll shows donald trump is actually trailing hillary clinton by a few points when it comes to that commander in chief test, but obviously those are numbers the trump campaign believes they can turn around. >> he also talked in more detail about his plan to sort of get his generals to defeat isis. >> reporter: right. he has it on a pretty short timeframe. as he was talking here in north carolina he said he will convene the generals and give him 30 days to come up with a plan for how to defeat isis and in talking to the campaign a little more about this, they were explaining they don't feel like there's a clear mission right now for the generals about the
different milestones they need to hit in order to defeat isis and how exactly they would do it. trump says he's going to approach that much differently than hillary clinton would if he is president. >> all right. sara murray, thanks very much. after managing to stay under the radar with the press for months, not doing news conferences or many interviews, hillary clinton is giving reporters more access with nine weeks to go until election day. she's using the question/answer sessions to keep hitting hard at questions about donald trump like why won't he release his taxes for one? brianna keilar reports. >> reporter: hillary clinton taking questions from reporters for the second day in a row on the new plane she now shares with the press after avoiding a formal press conference for nine months. >> had so much fun yesterday. i did want to do this again. adventures on the plane. >> reporter: with polls showing the race tightening, clinton has become more accessible and more consistently on offense. clinton criticizing donald trump for not releasing his tax returns. >> truly, the list goes on and on. the scams, the frauds, the
questionable relationships, the business activities that have stiffed workers, refused to pay small businesses. so, clearly, his tax returns tell a story that the american people deserve and need to know. >> reporter: she spent the day in battleground florida. >> his whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished american values. >> she's a war hero because -- >> reporter: and her campaign is out with a new ad. >> donald trump compared his sacrifices to the sacrifices of two parents who lost their son in war. >> reporter: highlighting trump's comments about the military and veterans. >> what sacrifice have you made for your country? >> i think i made a lot of sacrifices. i built great structures. i've had tremendous success. >> those are sacrifices? >> reporter: clinton is trying to convince voters they can't trust trump to lead on the world stage but most voters don't
trust her, period, and they trust trump more. a new cnn/orc poll shows trump is the most honest candidate compared to 35% who say trump is. vice president joe biden telling cnn's jeff zeleny clinton needs to open up. >> let them see your heart a little more. she has the heart. >> reporter: she also, it appears, has allergies. >> every time i think about trump, i get allergic. >> reporter: her coughing fits have happened a few times now on the trail including monday. >> i'll be right back. >> whoa. >> reporter: and donald trump, the first nominee in modern history to openly engage in wild and false conspiracy theories is questioning her wellness. tweeting today "mainstream media never covered hillary's massive hacking or coughing attack yet." it is number one trending. what's up? just the pollen count, says
clinton and she's upped her antihistamine. >> the advice of course is just don't talk. that's not going to work. >> reporter: brianna keilar, cnn, washington. >> brianna mentioned in her report the new cnn/orc poll shows clinton trailing behind trump on the issue of trustworthiness. that nationwide poll shows a virtual tie among likely voters nationwide but the state by state picture, the path to 270 electoral votes is a different story. we turn to cnn "inside politics" anchor john king breaking it down by the numbers. let's look state by state. what do they look like? >> if you're donald trump, you like the trendline of this race, you like it's coming your way. if you look at this map, we'll start with this one. pretty simple. donald trump has to turn some of this blue, this is the obama/romney race, has to turn several of these blue states to red. at the moment, the only one he can claim a lead in is iowa. only six electoral votes. all the big ones, hillary clinton. they may be small leads but hillary clinton has a lead right now. so anderson, as we look at a very tightening national race, whouts a doubt, if you looked at this map, even if hillary
clinton lost one, two, three, four five of these tossups, which include ohio, north carolina, florida, we have it right now if the election were today she would win the 273 electoral votes. donald trump, the race is improving but at the state by state level he has business to do. >> so if you had to pick one state to watch, what would it be? >> the state where hillary clinton was today. the state of florida. why? because it's the biggest prize. can i give you a path of donald trump winning without florida? i can do that but a lot of people would question my competency if i did. it's very very hard. but if donald trump can win florida, hold north carolina, it was a romney state and get ohio, then he's in play. he still has to do more, but if you take florida out of that equation, even put it back to a tossup, 29, without those, the math is impossible. >> trump was in virginia today. obama carried it twice, obviously clinton has a healthy lead, plus her running mate is from the state. does trump have time to pull ahead there? ahead there? >> actually makes sense to try now. we will see what it looks like a month from now but it makes sense to try now. on average, the clinton lead is about five points.
if you average recent polls it's five points. i want to go back to where we started. this is the clinton advantage at the moment. 273 to 191, according to the cnn projections. here's trump plan "a." win florida, hold north carolina. romney won it in '12. win ohio which requires a flip, then trump wants to flip pennsylvania. if trump does that, those four states, he wins. this is why he was in virginia. let's just assume, jeffrey lord won't like this, pennsylvania stays blue. how does trump do it? this is plan "b" in the trump campaign. try to get virginia and get iowa. that gives him 272 and the presidency. he's behind in virginia right now, it's a tough state if you look at the demographics but still pretty close. five or six points, makes sense for him to give it a run now. because if plan "a" doesn't work, he may need it for plan "b." >> john king, thanks. coming back to the panel. let's start with nonpartisans, reporters and analysts. gloria borger, it is so fascinating when you look at the national numbers, the national, all the states and then start to actually look at the battleground states which is really where the rubber meets the road. >> right. john just laid out the scenarios.
i think the path for hillary clinton is a lot easier than the path for donald trump right now. and everybody understands that. but if a lead really starts shifting, the battleground states start shifting also. and they usually shift all at the same time. so i think that you have to keep a look at the national numbers only insofar as it affects the states and there are about 20% undecided voters out there so nothing succeeds like success. you see a winner out there, you're like okay, maybe i'll -- >> that was my question, dana, which is how many minds are made up and how many people are there to win over? >> you know, according to the polls, and certainly ours, it seems there are a number of undecided voters. certainly the sense is given where we are and who the candidates are and what we know also based on lots of polling, what people think about the candidates, a lot of those people are probably thinking who do i hold my nose for and vote for, because people aren't thrilled with the choices on the
main ticket. but the thing to keep in mind with all of those states that john was pointing out is the ground game. and just for example, pennsylvania is obviously very key for donald trump if he doesn't win virginia or colorado or some of the other states john was pointing out. i was just calling around getting ready to work on a story in pennsylvania and i got, like, four layers deep in the clinton team on their field operation, just trying to find the answer to a basic question. the press operation, so on and so forth. on the republican side, on the trump side, there are a handful of offices. they are working with the rnc and they do have a senate race there which means there's a lot more resources than in a state like virginia where there isn't, but there is a big difference. that combined with the very, very stellar stable that they have of barack obama, michelle obama, elizabeth warren, so on
and so forth, to get out the vote -- >> i guess the trump campaign comes back and says we have enthusiasm on our side. we have folks, this is an unprecedented race, we have folks waiting in line who have been doing this for months. they're going to bring people to the polls. there's a whole sort of hidden voters who are going to come out. >> that's an untested business model in politics. you know, so it's possible. it could happen. i think, you know, a lot of people were surprised at how well he did in the primary states with very little ground game. you need more of a ground game in a national race than you do in a primary race. pbs "newshour" did a survey and found that hillary has three times as many paid staffers and 15 in battleground states. we had a couple reports about how there had been one office in florida, for example, for trump. that's probably not going to do it. she will need a better ground game because her people are less enthusiastic. he's going to need some kind of ground game. >> although i hear trump people say, look, she has a bloated staff and he's lean and mean. >> you need a wave. you need a wave. donald trump had a wave in the primaries.
there was a wave among republican candidates. there were also 17 candidates let's be honest. there was a wave, we don't like what we got, we want something different. in the general election, you see high negatives for both candidates. high unpopularity. huge baggage for both of these candidates. the trump campaign is going to have to pick. hillary clinton, they are outgunned and outmanned. if you want to go to a broadway line there. she's got more money, more staff on the ground. they did this in 2012. mitt romney was never down more than three points in the final days of the 2012 campaign. look what happened on election day. barack obama won 332 electoral votes. that is kicking their butts on the ground. >> john king -- >> oops. >> sorry. we have to go to break. john king throwing in a "hamilton" reference. >> well done. >> dana also a "hammilton"hamil fanatic. we will get to the other side of the table after a quick break. also ahead, donald trump changing his position on immigration or seeming to again, at least holding the door open. now he seems to be saying there could be a path to citizenship or legal status for immigrants who are in the country illegally.
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okay. there's still two months until election day. anything can happen, really, but the race seems to be very close right now according to the new national cnn/orc polling. let's not forget the first debate happens in just a few weeks. back now with the panel. jeffrey, we were talking about kind of state-by-state polling. the path to 270 electoral votes. how concerned are you about the ground game compared to hillary clinton's ground game? >> it's important.
there's no question it's important. i have been checking on this in my own area of pennsylvania. there's a trump headquarters five miles from my house. i spoke to the guy -- >> the guy. >> guy. >> what? >> the guy? >> the guy. the guy who heads it, thank you very much. that was good. i know they're out there door knocking as we speak and making phone calls and doing all of this. they are very intent on doing this. they know what they're about and this is all to the good. one of the other things i would add, i see that elizabeth warren is coming into philadelphia in a few days. philadelphia is a democratic city. why in the world would you send elizabeth warren there unless you were somewhat concerned you are not going to get your margin out? >> hilary, why would you do that? >> look, this is ultimately a base election. right? we want to pretend we are growing the map, donald trump
wants to pretend he's growing the map. he's really not. hillary clinton is bringing out the obama coalition. this is about getting our vote out in the most thoughtful, technical way possible. that's why my money's still on hillary clinton because they have built a campaign district by district, data point by data point. they know where every voter is and they know where the voters they need to go get registered are. they're going to be out there in early voting. the trump campaign and rnc is so far behind where the democrats are this year finally for the first time, it's really exciting. and that is how this campaign is going to be won on a state-by-state basis. >> one of the things that mitt romney lost because so many evangelical christians and reagan democrats stayed at home. they did not vote or did not participate. donald trump is connecting with them. they will show up. but the other thing i want to point out is still the right
track/wrong track. that favors the party that's not in power. right now, that's giving some wind to donald trump and it's very, very important. just one more point. hillary clinton, there's nothing new there. going back to that excitement factor. while i agree it's not a business model for a campaign, the reality is people want a change and there is an excitement factor. when you look at hillary clinton, she's been in public office for 30 years. there's nothing really new. nothing to get excited about. just kind of regenerated old ideas. i'm not saying those don't work a lot of times but i don't think they're going to pull her through this time. >> there's a couple other factors to keep in mind. you talked about right track/wrong track. a lot of that is progressives who don't think the country is going in the right track because of the republican opposition obama has had for so many years. if you look at the gallup poll that just came out on what obama has done in the past eight years, right now the majority of americans believe that their life is better under eight years of the obama administration and
obama's policies. as long as he continues that trend and is still over 50% in terms of popularity, that is going to be critical for her and he's going to be a big asset to her going around. the other couple of things are, there are some fundamentals that continue to be a benefit to hillary clinton in all of these polls. college-educated women. she is leading donald trump by 23 points. >> right. >> yep. >> and that, i mean, mitt romney as you know won them by six and still lost the election. that is going to be critical. >> that's true but she has a big deficit with women that donald trump is doing well, but she's not doing as well as she should be. >> and men. >> given where the numbers are and, you know, given what we've seen historically. >> sure, but if you still look at the number overall, it benefits hillary clinton. >> john? >> you have two flawed candidates. there's no question about that. you have some dysfunction between the trump campaign and rnc. we'll see if they can figure it out in time. we know hillary clinton disappeared in august, it hurt her in the polls without a doubt but she raised $143 million.
i'm a red sox fan, i stay up late watching baseball games. donald trump is running ads all the time on new england cable network to get to red sox fans who live in new hampshire. they're effective. he was missing the entire summer. now he's there. the clinton campaign has been gone because they backed off in a lot of states. i suspect they're going to be back up pretty quickly. this one's for your staff, anderson, more than anything. you can have the fundamentals of a campaign working in your favor but now big papi, david ortiz of the red sox came out today and said he's against donald trump, all the things he says about latinos and immigrants. you can run $100 million of ads in new hampshire, david ortiz says you're bad -- >> this is serious. >> president obama's popularity is only up now because he's been gone. he's been out of sight. all coverage has been on this election. >> he'll be back. >> it has not been on donald trump. the people, again, i want to get back to the economy. people out there are hurting and the people often on the washington circuit don't understand. middle america, they're looking for jobs. >> that's a very important point.
>> you know, one of the things that is going to be hillary clinton's biggest challenge in talking about donald trump is to be talking about the economy. you know, gloria, you did a great documentary on donald trump this week. everyone should see it out there if you haven't, i'm sure it's on demand. >> absolutely. >> but it was so illustrative compared to the hillary clinton documentaries. the people who criticized donald trump were the ones who knew him the best, who did business with him, who said he's not on their side, he's not going to help them. >> okay. we're going to take a break. just ahead, some diehard trump supporters weigh in on the confusing messages trump has been sending out about a core tenet of his immigration plan. are the mixed signals giving them pause or is it part of strategy? we'll be right back. where we explore. protecting biodiversity. everywhere we work. defeating malaria. improving energy efficiency. developing more clean burning natural gas. my job? my job at exxonmobil? turning algae into biofuels.
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as we have been talking about the last few days haven't done much to clarify donald trump's immigration plan. if anything there may be more confusion than ever over the promise he made to deport all undocumented immigrants, a promise he made without reservation during the primary season and one that many consider the core of his campaign in addition to building a wall. when asked about it this weekend, he said he isn't ruling anything out so what are trump
diehard supporters make of all this vagueness, i guess you could say? does it actually concern them? gary tuchman went to find out. >> reporter: they wait for hours in the hot north carolina sun to see donald trump. these are among his most loyal supporters. >> well, i believe he's going to pull the country back to what it used to be. >> reporter: what did it used to be? >> i think it used to be for truth and the american way. >> reporter: donald trump's immigration proposals are widely seen here as a way to get back to that america of yesterday. despite the fact that his immigration plan isn't entirely clear. regarding people in the u.s. illegally, gladys says -- >> they don't deserve to be here. >> you can call it whatever the hell you want. they're gone. >> reporter: she says she also liked that donald trump last wednesday said people who are in the u.s. illegally must go back to their home countries and apply if they want to come back legally.
he did say that during his speech in arizona last week. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: this weekend, he said i'm not ruling out anything, we're going to make that decision into the future, okay? >> good. then -- >> reporter: regarding people in this country maybe not having to go back. >> right. >> reporter: does that bother you that he changed his mind? >> no. i'm going to wait to see what he says definitively. i'm not going to second-guess him. i will not do that. >> reporter: the fact he goes back and forth, that doesn't trouble you? >> no. he will make a definitive thing. >> reporter: while critics may slam trump for his ever-changing plans, here his sometimes evolving positions on issues like immigration are defended. >> i call it being negotiable. he asks the right questions. the other reason why i like donald trump, he's a businessman. the guy wrote the book "the art of the deal." that should tell you right there the guy has brains, he's smart. >> reporter: what about this particular immigration issue that helped define his candidacy? his promise when he started running was everyone who is here illegally is going back to their home country. >> right. >> reporter: do you think he still stands by that?
>> i think he's going to do everything to make people legal here. >> reporter: you think he stands by it like he did when he first said it? >> he's talking about words. i mean, i might express it one way today and another way tomorrow, but i still mean exactly. >> reporter: is there any part of you that worries, though, that he won't keep that promise if he becomes president? >> i trust that man. >> reporter: for many here, that's what it comes down to despite his verbal somersalts, they trust trump and intensely distrust his opponent. >> if you look at any candidate, they are not going to be able to say or do everything that they're going to say or do. >> reporter: does that bother you about trump because he was so definite, so definitive about everyone who's not here legally going back? does it bother you? >> does it bother me? not as much as hillary clinton bothers me. >> you know what, folks, she doesn't have a clue. not even a clue. >> reporter: and that dislike of clinton certainly gives a sometimes ambiguous trump leeway among his fans. >> changing a position doesn't mean that you're weak. >> reporter: it means what? >> it means you're becoming
better educated on the facts. >> gary joins us now. did trump mention immigration in his speech tonight? >> reporter: he did talk about immigration, anderson, but not about the issues he's wavered on. instead he talked about suspending the syrian refugee program. if he becomes president. also, that southern border wall, he declared that mexico will pay for it once again and that was his biggest applause line of the night as it often is at donald trump rallies. anderson? >> grar gary, appreciate the reporting. thank you. a lot to talk about. joining me is reverend pena, pastor of christ the king baptist church in waco, texas. member of the national hispanic advisory council and trump supporter. also, cnn political commentator, republican strategist ana navarro. pastor pena, thank you for being on the program. last week after trump spoke in phoenix you sent the campaign an e-mail which was subsequently leaked to the press saying that you felt he lost the election with that speech. what made you say that and what makes you continue to support him? >> well, sure, that night i had really high hopes.
first let me thank you for having me. i had really high hopes for hearing some other things that night and being one in that peculiar position of being involved and giving a lot of meaningful input. i had hopes for other things that might be said and when those hopes were dashed for the moment, i was disappointed and again, that was a private e-mail i sent to my friends at the rnc and the campaign. to let them know how i felt and that i was disappointed in that moment. >> and yet, you are still -- you continue to advise him. i mean, do you think he'll listen to you? >> well, you know, i said to the campaign i was going to take a couple days to pray about it and think about it, and i did, and after doing so, and a lot of reflection and talking to friends, it became clear that i still had a responsibility and an opportunity to have an influence, and my exchange with him before has been a really thoughtful one.
he's not afraid of ideas. he invites people around him that have different perspectives and i think that reflects a great strength of character on his part. so i was glad and felt a responsibility to continue on and have as much influence as i could on the things that i care deeply about. >> ana, the fact that trump, his campaign now seem to be suggesting he may, in fact, support a way for noncriminal undocumented immigrants to get some form of legal status after he certainly seemed to close that door during his speech last week in phoenix, "the washington post" saying his speech would have meant what he said in that speech would have meant some six million undocumented immigrants would have been -- had to leave the country, is he trying to play both sides of the fence here? is he trying -- no pun intended. is he trying to just keep it kind of open so some voters will think one thing, other voters will think another? >> anderson, i frankly think he doesn't know what he's doing.
here's the bottom line. this guy does not have the basic policy knowledge to be able to formulate and articulate basic immigration policy. immigration policy is intricate. it is complicated. i don't think if you asked donald trump what 245i is or "a" visa is or "b," he can answer. he might be able to tell you what seasonal workers are because he's brought in a lot of them for his property. the people gary interviewed are right. policy does not matter. it doesn't matter on either side. if you are a diehard trump supporter, it doesn't matter that he shifts around. at this point, it is easier to interpret ancient sand script than it is to figure out what donald trump is saying on immigration, he's said so many things. it also doesn't matter, policy, to people like me who oppose him because this is all based on persona, character or lack thereof, personality and the things that he has already said
and not said that go beyond policy. i think the scrutiny level on policy is lower on him than on other candidates. >> pastor, do you feel you know, obviously where he is on the wall is obvious. a number of these issues. do you feel as a trump supporter you know exactly what he wants done with the 11 million or however many undocumented immigrants are in this country, most of whom have not committed crimes while they're here, are working, want to stay here, do you believe you know 100% what donald trump plans for those people? >> i agree with ana. this is an extremely intricate and complex issue. i think he's working through the issue. i think he's listening to great advisers including some of the members of his hispanic advisory council, rudy giuliani among others, and he is working through the issue. it is highly complex. i believe at the end of the day he's going to come to a very
good place. he is a man that cares very deeply about his family, about families in america, about latino families. >> i guess -- >> he doesn't want to see latino families destroyed. i think he's working through those issues that are extraordinarily important. >> but as a trump supporter, it doesn't concern you that he was very clear during the primary season, all 11 million, they got to go, the good ones can come back, that's clearly, it seems to be shifting or, you know, maybe he's rethinking things. it doesn't concern you that he doesn't necessarily have a position that he has been able to very clearly state? you think that's okay, that's just part of the learning process? >> i think on the contrary, i'm very encouraged that he's working through the issue in a serious way. he is what may appear to be ambivalent or moving from place to place, may appear that way, but i think that's simply the fact that he is working through very complex issues.
he cares deeply about them. if it was just as easy and pat as some would make it seem to be, you wouldn't hear these kind of things. i think what you're seeing reflected is someone working on, chewing through, reflecting in a very thoughtful way the complexities and the great ramifications of the policy decisions he ultimately needs to put in place. >> eye you see, what should bother all of us -- >> being worked on -- >> what should bother all of us, though, this man has been anything but deliberative and thou thoughtful for the last year. he has been offensive. he has shot from the hip. he has spoken in slogans and sound bites. very offensive, racist and hostile sound bites for awhile. for a year, he has done that. it should be horrifying to supporters, to opponents, to any american that it is nine weeks before an election, about four weeks before absentee ballots go
out in so many states, and this guy is still thinking and working through the main issue that he has based his campaign on. it is horrifying. >> okay. >> chief, you know, being the commander in chief of the united states is not a learn-as-you-go job. >> we got to leave it there. >> i would disagree it's the main issue. he's working through jobs, the economy, tax reform, regulatory reform, trade reform, the tax code, education, choice, the supreme court nominees. there are many issues he's working on. it's an oversimplification that this is the only issue. i think he's done a great job working on -- >> i didn't say it was the only issue. i said it was the one he based his campaign on. >> thank you, anderson. >> appreciate it. just ahead, a donation donald trump made to a group backing florida's attorney general broke irs rules, resulted in a fine. donald trump ded donald trump denies he made the donation to put the brakes on a fraud investigation of trump university. time. ♪
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>> i've just known pam bondi for years. i have a lot of respect for her. never spoke to her about that at all. and just have a lot of respect for her as a person and she's done an amazing job as the attorney general of florida. she's very popular. >> that's what trump said to reporters he invited on to his plane yesterday. in the past, though, he has of course boasted about giving donations to politicians over the years with the idea that he would get favors in return. >> i've given to democrats, i've given to hillary. i've given to everybody because that was my job. i got to give to them. because when i want something, i get it. when i call, they kiss my ass, okay? it's true. they kiss my ass. true. true. >> well, trump says that is not what happened with pam bondi. his campaign has confirmed that trump paid a $2,500 fine
resulting from the donation to a group backing bondi. that's because it came from trump's foundation and that's against irs rules. the revelation of the fine rekindled allegations that trump paid off bondi to avoid an investigation of trump university. tonight, drew griffin lays out the facts. >> it is my great honor to introduce to you -- >> reporter: florida's attorney general pam bondi is a huge supporter of donald trump. >> -- the next president of the united states of america, donald trump. >> reporter: bondi is also the florida attorney general whose office decided not to pursue a case against donald trump. the decision was made almost exactly at the same time trump made a $25,000 donation to pam bondi's political pac. >> i've just known pam bondi for years. i have a lot of respect for her. never spoke to her about that at all. >> reporter: trump on his plane this weekend denies any connection. pam bondi also forcefully denies any connection, calling it bullying by the clinton campaign.
>> i will not be collateral damage in a presidential campaign, nor will i be a woman bullied by hillary clinton. >> reporter: so what did happen? here are the facts. pam bondi took office in 2011. trump university was already out of business. prior to her taking office, florida's attorney general's office received 20 complaints against trump institute, a business affiliated with trump, but it, too, was out of business. since pam bondi took office, up until the decision was made, florida received just one complaint against trump university. according to a spokesman for florida's attorney general, it wasn't enough to justify florida filing suit. instead, staff doing due diligence reviewed the complaints and the new york litigation and made the proper determination that the new york litigation would provide relief to aggrieved consumers nationwide. in other words, floridians could
join new york's lawsuit. the spokesman also told cnn pam bondi had nothing to do with it. the decision was made by staff. in fact, the spokesman says pam bondi didn't even know there were complaints against trump. but around the same time the florida attorney general's office was deciding to not pursue a case against trump, pam bondi was pursuing donald trump himself for a political donation. it was september of 2013. trump's foundation donated $25,000 to bondi's political action committee. bondi's attorney general's office never pursued the case. did one follow the other? pam bondi again today on fox business news says no. >> of course i asked donald trump for a contribution. that's not what this is about. she was saying he was under investigation by my office at the time and i knew about it. none of which is true. >> drew, trump says many states looked at trump university, decided against filing any lawsuits. just one state, new york, chose to sue him which he says is
political. is that correct? that many states looked at it, decided not to sue? >> it is true. many states had complaints and even preliminary investigations against trump university, anderson, but they did not pursue lawsuits. in texas, it's because trump agreed to stop operating in the state. in other states, like maryland and massachusetts, the attorneys general there decided not to pursue a case after trump agreed stop using the name, university. i don't think any of those decisions exonerate trump's operation but it does show the attorneys general across the country were deciding if it was worth it or not to file a lawsuit. florida, remember, by the time pam bondi would have made her decision, trump university had been out of business for several years. >> and a quick update, trump university is still being sued, cases are still moving forward, correct? >> correct. correct. three lawsuits, two class-action suits in california then that $40 million lawsuit filed by the attorney general of new york, all three moving ahead toward trial. anderson? >> all right. drew griffin. thanks. up next, a settlement by fox
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an unprecedented move by fox. the network apologizes and is giving former anchor greta van susteren $20 million over sexual harassment charges she made against roger ailes. the question tonight, should trump take advice from ailes? >> the relationship status between donald trump and roger ailes. well, you could call it complicated. >> he's a very, very good person. >> reporter: trumped heaped praise for roger ailes after he was hit with allegations of sexual harassment from former fox anchor gretchen carlson. >> it's very sad, because he's a
very good person. i always found him to be a very, very good person. and by the way, a very, very talented person. look what he's done. so i feel very badly. >> reporter: trump even followed up for attacks on his accusers. >> i can tell you some of the women complaining, i know how much he's helped them. and even recently. when they write books that are fairly recently released and they say wonderful things about him, and now all of a sudden they're saying these horrible things about him. >> reporter: but for a time during the campaign, things seemed strained between the two. >> you called women you don't like fat pigs. dogs. slobs. and disgusting animals. >> reporter: his very public war with fox news over what trump saw as mistreatment by fox anchor megyn kelly put the powerful men at odds. >> megyn kelly is a lightweight. this is a lightweight. this is not a reporter. this to me is just a lightweight. megyn kelly shouldn't be in the kobe bryant. i don't care about her. >> reporter: ailes said donald
trump's attacks against megyn kelly is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants s ts to occupy the highe office in the land. >> roger ails is a special guy and good friend of mine. and we just spoke. he's a great guy. no, i have no problem. >> reporter: for weeks, trump appeared almost exclusively on fox news. and in july, just days after roger ailes was out at fox, trump fueled speculation that he could play a role in his campaign. >> i don't want to comment, but he's been a friend of mine for a long time. >> reporter: in mid august, pictures and reports emerged of trump holding meetings with him and top campaign staff. but the trump campaign then distanced themselves from him. >> he's not playing a role in the campaign and there's a lot
of people that give donald trump advice. >> mr. trump speaks to many different people. roger ails is a genius when it comes to television and communicating to people. but so is donald trump. >> reporter: sources tell cnn that roger ails is giving trump advice directly. the first presidential debate is 20 days away and trump, when asked about roger ailes' role, said he is not his debate coach. so the question remains what type of role does he play? anderson >> thank you very much. back with the panel. i mean, if it was mitt romney back in 2012 taking advice from roger ailes after what happened to him at fox, it would be a whole different story. but it's interesting, it doesn't seem to certainly matter to trump supporters. >> if it -- mitt romney, we would be scratching our heads and going really?
have become sort of used to this or immune to this in a certain way. and look, roger ailes could help donald trump in these debates. he's pretty good at it. >> that's why. that's the bottom line. that is why he's helping. yes, they are friends and they have been friends, i'm told, by many people who have talked on the phone obviously during his fox years but since he was fired from fox. and roger ailes has attended at least a couple of donald trump's sunday debate sessions. as suzanne said, maybe he's not a debate coach but he doesn't have a coach. i'm told he is working with him on the things that roger ailes made his name on, which is the one-liners and sort of channelling donald trump into something that is authentic to him but that is more palatable and memorable in terms of -- >> kirsten, we understand the clinton campaign is doing a deep
dive on trigger points for donald trump as well. it makes sense to have somebody from a purely debate standpoint i would assume -- >> if you take out all of the scandal associated with him, it would make perfect sense to have him. but in any other situation, this would not be considered acceptable, considering the fact that fox news has come out and apologized -- >> fox has made a statement. >> right. so for trump when i interviewed him right after all the news broke and i asked him about his defense, i interviewed view him for my "usa today" column, at that point he feigned ignorance. didn't think it really had happened. at this point fox news has acknowledged that it happened. so it's a different situation. >> and trump was referencing gretchen carlson about a big -- recently publishing a book. >> or megyn kelly. >> does she raise it in the debate saying what kind of people do you associate yourself with to get to the suburban women argument? do they raise it in a campaign
ad? my first experience with roger ailes was back in 1988, the tank ad with michael dukakis the tank ad, the willie horton ad, he knows what he's doing when it becomes to framing debates. can he be helpful to donald trump? yes. can he also be hurtful to trump? could be. >> he also supplied the line to ronald reagan which decimated mondale, the youth and experience. >> we'll be right back. what if a company that didn't make cars made plastics that make them lighter? the lubricants that improved fuel economy. even technology to make engines more efficient. what company does all this? exxonmobil, that's who. we're working on all these things to make cars better and use less fuel. helping you save money and reduce emissions. and you thought we just made the gas. energy lives here.
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thanks for watching. i hope you have a good night. "cnn tonight" with don lemon starts now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, donald trump says he has a razor thin lead over hillary clinton. >> the new cnn poll was just released and trump is winning. trump is winning. >> this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. look at our new poll. trump and hillary clinton essentially neck and neck. he as a 2-point lead of likely voters, well within the margin of error. so right now, this is anybody's race. with just over two months to go, hillary clinton says this. >> i really pay no attention to polls.