tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN September 27, 2016 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT
happening now, under his skin, hillary clinton rattles donald trump in their first presidential debate, goading him to going off message. trump took the bait. now clinton is taking a victory lap. will they have to change their strategies for round two? tradi trading barbs, trump's best moments came when he jabbed clinton on trade deals. after she stung him on taxes, iraq and his birther movement, trump warned he may hit harder next time by raising bill clinton's indiscretions. while trump is grumbling
about the moderator and his microphone clinton saying that means he doesn't have a good night. trump today launched a fresh personal attack on a former miss universe who has accused him of calling her "miss piggy." now she is fighting back. i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." bll. hillary clinton and donald trump are back on the campaign trail today hitting the road hours after their fiery first debate. clinton's camp sees this as a victory lap. most experts, focus groups, our own cnn/orc poll declared her the winner. clinton was very well prepared, armed with facts and a battle plan. after a good start trump sounded like he didn't do his homework. when he wasn't getting himself lost in the weeds he fell into the traps that clinton laid for him. even today trump is complaining about his microphone and the debate moderator and stunningly, he is launching fresh insults
toward a former miss universe he once labeled "miss piggy" for gaining weight. now she is firing back. six weeks before election day, the presidential race is neck and neck. and while clinton aides hope she swayed some of the record 81 million people who watched the debate here in the united states, it's not clear that she managed to break trump's recent momentum. i'll talk with republican senator jeff sessions, a top trump advisor and our correspondents, analysts and guests will have full coverage of the top stories of the day. while hillary clinton is making hay out of her strong performance, donald trump today is making excuses. we begin with cnn political reporter sara murray on the campaign trail in florida for us. sara, what's trump up to today? >> reporter: well, wolf, as donald trump is campaigning across the sunshine state, his campaign is dismissing hillary clinton's debate performance as overly scripted. all of this as donald trump continues to air his grievances about the format last night.
>> it was an interesting evening, certainly. and big league. definitely big league. >> reporter: a day after the first presidential debate, donald trump is playing the blame game. >> well, he didn't ask her about the e-mails at all. he didn't ask her about her scandals. he didn't ask her about the benghazi deal that she destroyed. >> reporter: after complimenting the debate moderator last night -- >> i thought lester did a great job. honestly, i thought he did a great job. >> reporter: today he is taking issue with nbc's lester holt. >> i had some hostile questions but that was okay. >> reporter: even the quality of his microphone on the stage. >> you have a bum mike, it's not exactly good. >> reporter: now trump is trying to reset the narrative, taking to twitter to cast clinton as a career politician in a year when voters are looking for change. saying, crooked hillary says she is going to do so many things. why hasn't she done them in her last 30 years. that's after some of trump's sharpest lines early in the
debate. >> your husband signed nafta one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry. >> that is your -- >> reporter: partly overshadowed by feisty exchange later on that put trump on defense. >> you have to ask yourself, why won't he release his tax returns? maybe he is not as rich as he says he is. or maybe he doesn't want the american people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes. >> that makes me smart. >> reporter: clinton pressing the billionaire businessman on his refusal to release his taxes yet again today. >> i got to that point where i said, well, maybe he's paid zero. he said that makes him smart. if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make all the rest of us? >> reporter: and leaving trump's campaign manager to explain the gop nominee doesn't believe climate change is man-made. >> he believes that climate change is naturally occurring.
>> reporter: after clinton scoffed at trump's beliefs last night. >> donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the chinese. i think it's real. >> i did not -- i did not. >> reporter: science is real. >> i do not say that. >> reporter: back on the campaign trail today clinton couldn't resist one last chance to needle her opponent. >> anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night. >> reporter: now, earlier today in florida, donald trump was asked whether he would participate in the next two presidential debates. he said, sure. we're expecting him here at this stop in a couple of hours and we'll see if he has anything new to add about how he thinks last night's debate went. wolf. >> sara murray in florida. thank you. hillary clinton today is taking what she clearly views as a victory lap. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar is out on the campaign trail in north carolina. brianna, she seems pretty upbeat after that first debate. >> reporter: she sure does, wolf. the clinton campaign after hillary clinton's criticism of donald trump's treatment of women last night, followed up
today with a big attack on the issue as the candidate took what can only be described as a victory lap here in north carolina. hillary clinton, all smiles after her first debate showdown with donald trump. >> did anybody see that debate last night? [ cheers and applause ] >> one down, two to go. >> reporter: jabbing at her rival today at a rally in north carolina for his criticism that she was over-prepared. >> he made it very clear that he didn't prepare for that debate. at one point he was kind of digging me for spending time off the campaign trail to get prepared. but just trying to keep track of everything he says took a lot of time and effort! i think it's real. >> i did not -- >> i think the science is real. >> i did not say that. >> i think it's important -- >> reporter: the clinton campaign thinks trump's constant interruptions of clinton won't go well with women and reinforces his attacks on women.
>> the afhcio the other day, behind the blue screen. i don't know who you were talking to but you were totally out of control. i said there is a person with a temperament that's not a prom. >> whoo, okay. >> reporter: he also went after the former miss universe pageant winner about her weight. >> one of the things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. he called this woman "miss piggy," then he called her "miss housekeeping because she was latina. she
has a name. her name is alicia machado. >> where did you find her? >> she has become a u.s. citizen. >> oh really? >> you can bet she is going to vote this november. >> okay, good. >> reporter: the clinton campaign followed up with a video featuring miss ma chaweda. >> hello miss piggy. >> she weighed 118 pounds and
she went up to 160 or 170. this is somebody who likes to eat. >> reporter: a trump spokesperson said machado's claims are unsubstantiated but trump refused to back away from his comments today. >> she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. >> reporter: trump did land blows on the issue of trade where clinton's ardent support of the transpacific partnership as secretary of state despite her reversal as a candidate has been a vulnerability in rust belt states. >> you called it the gold standard of trade deals. you said it was the finest deal you'd ever seen. then you heard
what i said about it and you said you were against it. >> donald. i know you live in your own reality but that's not the facts. i did say i hoped it would be a good deal. >> reporter: that is not true. hillary clinton, as secretary of state, never said that her support for tpp, for that trade
pact, was contingent on the final details that would be negotiated. you'll recall she was effusive in her support for the trade deal. >> she was. thanks very much for that, brianna keilar reporting. joining us republican senator jeff sessions of alabama. he is a key advisor to donald trump. senator sessions, thanks so much for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. >> so by all reasonable measures donald trump didn't necessarily have the greatest night at the debate. what does he need to do better in round two? >> well, i think one of the things that he is going to do more of and did pretty well last night, actually, is talking about these issues. the american people are hurting by a three to one margin. they believe this country is on the wrong track. we have got a decline in wages of at least $1700 over the last ten years, median income for families in america. this is a tragedy. we want wages up. so her plan is more taxes, more government, more programs, more spending, more debt. donald trump has a plan that
will actually grow this economy and protect workers from bad trade deals that she has been supporting and excess of immigration that's clearly making jobs harder to get and pushing down wages. >> when he was debating her on those issues you mentioned like free trade, for example, he was doing well, but instead he got himself trapped, if you will, instead of backing away, for example, from what he said about a former miss universe, alicia machado, trump this morning doubled down. he said she had gained a massive amount of weight, his words. should he have said that? why didn't he just clean it up? >> well, you guys have all this advice about it. donald trump is not the normal politician. one of the things that i heard one of his friends say, well, he shouldn't have answered the questions that were asked. but he is a direct person. they asked a question, he tried to answer it. slick politicians like hillary clinton, well, we try to learn how to spin it around and answer something else. so -- but the issues are what is
going to be critical. do people trust him to change the direction of this country? we're going in the wrong direction. is she going to change it? no. she defended the europeans and nato for riding us on defense spending. she couldn't answer why we couldn't bring back the money from abroad that we need to collect taxes on and create growth in america after being there for years. she couldn't defend the bad decisions that have been made in the middle east for quite a long time now. and created chaos and refugees and a disastrous humanitarian situation. so donald trump, i think, won on those issues. that's what's going to decide this election. she is doing her best to get it off those issues that really count and on to these personal issues. i don't think that's going to work. i think the people are looking for new, strong leadership and they saw it last night in donald
trump. >> last night donald trump denied he ever claimed climate change was a hoax, but he clearly did, at least back in 2014. he tweeted this. nbc news just called it the great freeze. coldest weather in years. is our country still spending money on the global warming hoax? so has he shifted his position? does he still believe climate change is a hoax? >> well, his staff -- i just thought i heard a staff person respond to that. i don't know exactly where he -- what his position is today. i think they just stated it to you. but my view is that we know for a fact that the computer models that have projected all this increase in temperature has not occurred. we've had some hot years for sure, but they're not that -- they're not anything like what was predicted. and it's well below that. storms are not up. in fact, storms are down. so the question is how much money can america afford to spend driving up costs of energy
and electric bills and gasoline bills for this agenda. i think we have to be careful about it. and we've got great sources of energy in america. if we use those sources, we'll keep wealth at home rather than sending it to saudi arabia or venezuela. it will make us more competitive against china. it will help keep jobs here. that's what we have to focus on. we're not doing a good enough job of that in my opinion. >> let's talk about climate change for a moment. back in 2012 he tweeted the concept of global warming was created by and for the chinese in order to make u.s. manufacturing non-competitive. do you, senator sessions, do you believe climate change is man-made or at least in part man-made? >> i have accepted the theory that greater co 2 could act as a blanket and a greenhouse effect. but it has not come close to what was projected, wolf. this is over 20 years we have been studying this. it's not occurring.
they predicted storms that we have never seen before. it hasn't happened. so we've just got to be careful about how much wealth, how much damage we do to this economy to achieve goals that will have very little, if any, impact on the climate. so it -- it's a difficult issue for the world. i believe we should slow down and be careful. we should do the things that we can agree on like good conservation, more energy efficiency, but not mandate things that cost much more, that's ultimately going to place a burden on american people who are struggling with lower incomes. we don't need to artificially drive up their electric bill and their gasoline bill. >> senator, we have more to discuss. i know you are a member of the armed services committee. want to talk about these reports that russia has been hacking various political actions here in the united states, presumably to help donald trump. we'll talk about that and more right after this.
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we're back with a top advisor to donald trump, republican senator jeff sessions of alabama. senator, we're getting breaking news coming into "the situation room" right now. president obama has just nominated ambassador jeffrey de la rentis in havana to become the first u.s. ambassador to cuba in some 50 years. like all ambassadors he'll need senate confirmation. will you support his nomination? >> i don't know. this is the first i've heard of his name. we'll do some background and
study on it. we have to be careful about our relationship with cuba. it's still a dominating totalitarian state where people are oppressed and denied basic freedom. so we'll have to see how that plays out and what his role might be. in this new role that we have not had before. >> he has been in havana, cuba, for the past year as the chief of mission. in principle do you support full diplomatic relations between the u.s. and cuba at the ambassadorial level? >> i have not. i have felt that, as a special relationship, adverse relationship, between the people of cuba and the united states, and i have not supported it. i know a lot of people, good people, have different views about that. the president has made a decision. it looks like it's final. and so we'll have to deal with that as it is now. >> so you probably won't vote to confirm? is that what i'm hearing? >> i don't know. i haven't thought it through, wolf, i really haven't. let's talk about another key
issue. you are a member of the armed services committee. you get briefings all the time. why doesn't donald trump acknowledge that russia is likely behind these cyber attacks when u.s. intelligence points to this conclusion? you have been briefed on this. you heard what he said last night. maybe it's russia, maybe it's china, maybe it's some 400-pound guy doing it by himself. >> well, i don't know that. i haven't had briefings that indicate with any clarity that russia is doing this. they are highly sophisticated in cyber warfare. as are the chinese, as are even north koreans and iranians. so this is a threat to us. and i think donald trump handled it well. he said we don't know for sure how that happened. it's not acceptable for russians to be doing that kind of thing. they should not be impacting in any way within the presidential elections. but cyber security breaches are
occurring throughout industry, throughout politics, throughout our most sensitive defense systems, and it's a big trouble -- or problem for us. we have got to fix that and get a lot better fast. i have offered legislation that passed that will require the defense department to come forward with plans to protect our systems. >> one final question. did you agree with rudy giuliani that donald trump shouldn't attend the next presidential debate? >> i think he'll attend. and -- but i do think that the moderator did a lot of things good. it's not an easy job to be the moderator of that kind of debate. i have to say. but i do think that they left unasked a number of questions that, like are trump supporters deplorable? what about the clinton foundation? could have asked more about the e-mails and pressed that more effectively. those kind of things i think would have given balance to that debate that was not there last
night. >> donald trump had the opportunity to bring all those issues up if he wanted to. it was a relatively free-wheeling debate, right? >> well, you know, i have been there, done that. and every time i leave one of those debates it's like i could have, would have, should have. what -- he tends to answer the questions they ask him. he is not like a normal politician that can spin it around and get on their issue before you can say jack robinson. so i think trump tried to answer the questions and maybe one of of the things he should do is to develop a better ability to go to the issues he wants to talk about instead of letting the moderator dominate the issues before the debate. >> senator sessions, thanks as usual for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up, new reaction to the debate from inside the republican party. plus, is hillary clinton being held to a different standard? we'll be right back. >> was against it once it was --
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clearly energized, hillary clinton is back out there on the campaign trail today. in north carolina she repeated her main attacks from last night's debate with donald trump. for trump's part he says he may hit clinton harder at their next debate. he is holding a rally in florida in 90 minutes or so. bringing in jamie gangel. our political expert. you have spoken with many republican establishment sources. what are they telling you behind the scenes that they're not necessarily saying in public? >> wolf, the word i would use is "disappointed." these are both republicans who are supporting trump and some who are not supporting trump. they feel that, as we've been
hearing all day, he started out very strong but he was controlling the debate, and then, after the first half hour, just completely lost his focus. the word that i keep hearing over and over again was that there was a lack of discipline and that too often he ended up on the defense. i also chatted with former speaker of the house newt gingrich, who has been publicly supporting and advising trump. he made the following points. he was willing to admit on the record that he agreed that trump did not have a good answer on the birther question or on releasing his taxes, and he also said it was, quote, fair criticism that trump took the bait over and over and got off message. that said, newt gingrich also said that there was no knockout punch, that -- and that trump came out fine because, quote, he didn't throw an interception.
in other words, there was no major mistake. so all in all, he thought he was okay. it wasn't the end of the world. but he acknowledged that there were problems. >> interesting. dana bash, one of hillary clinton's strongest moments was when she accused trump of paying nothing in federal income taxes. watch this. >> why won't he release his tax returns? and i think there may be a couple of reasons. first, maybe he's not as rich as he says he is. second, maybe he's not as charitable as he claims to be. third, we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650000000 to wall street and foreign banks. or maybe he doesn't want the american people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years
that anybody has ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax. so -- >> that makes me smart. >> if he's paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. and i think probably he's not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he is trying to hide. >> so dana, did this exchange move the needle on voters worrying about his tax returns? >> probably not. i think that what this moment did was feed into and speak to something much more than the issue of tax returns. but it was kind of a -- you know, almost a trifecta for hillary clinton, maybe a hattrick, if we want to talk in
hockey terms. she first of all went after him for his money and his wealth and what he is really worth, which is, you know, one of a few ways to easily get under donald trump's skin because he doesn't like that. but also the way that she got him to react was, you know, by saying that it's smart to not pay taxes, which he later told me that he didn't really say and then later told our colleague that he actually does pay federal taxes. but then also, the last thing that that really did for -- i'll just tell you talking to trump's supporters was feed into the frustration that they were feeling all night. because even though he looked unprepared in those moments, i'm told that he was prepared. this is not a surprise, that hillary clinton is going to come after him for not paying taxes or come after him for questioning how much he is really worth. i mean, this is something that has been a staple of the
democrats' arguments against him. what's frustrating to the people who are with him, particularly those who helped to prepare him, is that he knew how to do it but he just let her get under his skin. >> what he said when she said maybe he didn't pay any income tax. he said that makes me smart. mark preston, trump found himself on the defensive many times during the debate. he didn't bring up her comment about deplorables. didn't bring up the clinton foundation. barely touched on her e-mails. did he miss opportunities to shape the conversation? >> he absolutedly did. three quick examples. when hillary clinton brought up the fact, her defense of her stamina, noting that she had testified before congress for 11 hours, donald trump had benghazi survivor mark geist sitting in the audience. he could have used that as an example. when he -- when he could have went after her for the foundation, at least to draw
some concern and talk about the ties between her private charity and her work at the state department, he just didn't do it. and then when she accused him of his racist lies, regarding his pursuit of birtherism, she could have went after him for the idea about, you know, the deplorables that are supporting her candidacy. he attacked her a lot last night but not smartly. >> what were, rebecca, some of trump's most effective arguments of the night? >> i watched the debate with a focus group of undecided pennsylvania voters. throughout the debate they were rating each exchange by the candidates, minute by minute. and a few of the exchanges that rated really highly by trump were when he was talking about trade, when he was talking about the iran deal, attacking the iran deal, even when he was talking about his hotel in washington, d.c., being under budget and ahead of schedule. something that we all kind of laughed at. these were really successful exchanges force him. but at the same time, this focus
group was looking for him to be more presidential. they said prior to the debate and for many of them his detours into attacks, his tangents that he went off on, these were distracting and ultimately overshadowed at least for this group of undecided voters those positive moments for trump when he was on message. fbi now concerned about a possible russian cyber attack. we'll update you on that when we come back. "hey! you get that memo too?"
we're getting new breaking news. learning the fbi is now concerned about a possible cyberattack on the phones of democratic party staffers. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto has been working his sources. what are you learning? >> reporter: the fbi has now asked to examine the cellphones of a small number of democratic party staffers as it investigates a possible hack of cellphones, this coming from law enforcement as well as democratic party sources. law enforcement reaching out to the staffers individually about imaging their phones. in effect, taking a copy of their phones to search for evidence of hacking such as malware. investigators probing whether the ahe tempted hack is part of the breach of russian hackers or if this is a new hacking attempt. asked about this new attempt, the interim dnc chair donna
brazi brazile, our struggle with the russian attackers is ongoing and we are choosing not to provide general updates unless personal data or other sensitive information has been accessed or stolen. wolf, we know this investigation has been ongoing. they've been looking to see the extent of the original hack of dc e-mails. you have that going on right now. and now you have this probe here to see how far it's gone into the cellphones of a small number of democratic party staffers as well. >> jim sciutto reporting the latest news. jim, thank you. i want to get some reaction from our political experts. dana, the democratic party already had to deal with the fallout from cyberattacks, embarrassing leaks. what type of effect could more leaks, for example, have if they were to emerge before the november 8th election? >> it's hard to imagine it being any worse and more embarrassing than the e-mails that came out that obviously were the beginning of the end of debbie
wasserman schultz's chairmanship at the dnc and felled into the very real frustration from bernie sanders and a lot of his supporters that they felt that they weren't getting a fair shake from the party during the primary process. as i said, it's hard to imagine it could get worse, but you never know. when people are texting or e-mailing and doing whatever it is that they do to communicate, when they think it's private, they say things that they might not want to get out. that, of course, is the entire goal of these hackers, these hackers who, as jim was reporting, the dnc firmly believes are backed by or at least done by russia. >> yep. that's what they certainly believe. mark preston, trump in last night's debate seemed to express doubt that russia is behind these cyberattacks. suggesting maybe china, maybe some 400-pound guy, if you will, doing it on his own. if these leaks continue to be an issue right now in this election
season, how problematic is it for donald trump to keep, in effect, defending russia and its president, vladimir putin? >> that's it right there. if he does continue to defend vladimir putin and try to, you know, steer away to somebody else who has done this, it's perplexing at best, wolf. this might be the most bizarre thing we have seen in a campaign that has been very, very bizarre, to have your republican presidential nominee defending one of the united states' biggest enemies, you know, certainly is really under -- i am at a loss for words for why he does it. all he is doing to drawing attention to himself. i have to tell you, there are leaders in the republican party right now that are really frustrated that donald trump keeps on returning to defending russia and vladimir putin. >> jamie gangel, what do you make of the fact that the cyberattacks seem to be targeting democrats a lot more than republicans? republicans if at all, colin
powell was targeted, we know. he is a republican. but democrats by and large have been the targets. >> right. you never know. and conndi rice's e-mails were out there. there is a sense that trump keeps talking about russia and positive things about putin, and so that reflects in concern about is there some connection between it. nobody is saying that there is, but the fact that it keeps being the democrats just raises concerns about why it's them. why it's not the other side. and i think this goes to the whole concern about just, also, people saying that there are things going on in this election that are going to be out of control, that maybe the process is being meddled with in some
way. >> rebecca, trump said last night his temperament is his strongest asset. do you think his performance last night swayed undecided voters in key battleground states who are still concerned about his temperament? >> based on my experience, wolf, it looks like he may have swayed them in the wrong direction. i was with a focus group in pennsylvania of undecided voters who at the beginning of the debate said they hoped trump would be presidential in the debate and show some restraint. by the end of the debate they said they'd not seen that from him. instead, they said he took the bait from hillary clinton, not side-tracked too often into petty arguments, and they were really actually disappointed in that performance. and since you mentioned temperament, there was that exchange in the debate, a memable one, where trump said he had better temperament than hillary clinton. and during the focus group, the participants actually rated that as one of trump's worst moments
in the debate. they reacted really negatively not only to his attack on clinton but his own assertion that he has a better temperament. it really fell flat at least among this group of undecided voters. stay with us. president obama sits down with cnn's jake tapper to discuss his legacy as commander in chief as well as the challenges facing u.s. military veterans. you can watch the cnn presidential town hall tomorrow night, 9:00 p.m. eastern, only hereon cnn. coming up, we're getting surprising new details about the beauty pageant contestant who hillary clinton brought up in last night's debate. >> he called this woman "miss piggy," then he called her "miss housekeeping" because she was latina. donald she has
a name. her name is alicia machado. and she has become a u.s. citizen, and you can bet. >> oh really? >> she is going to vote this november. >> okay. good.
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donald trump was put on the defensive in last night's presidential debate. today trump is launching fresh attacks and the exbeauty queen is fighting back. brian todd has been into it. >> the trump campaign is still on the defensive over this saying this is a smear campaign will have no effect on voters but the story is still in play tonight. this woman, alicia machado and the clinton campaign succeeding in the questions of donald trump's character is that his
treatment of women. >> she doesn't have the stamina. >> when donald trump questioned hillary clinton's stamina, she was ready taking on trump with his own alleged words about a miss universe contestant. >> he called this woman
miss piggy. then he called her mishousekeeping because she was latina. she has a name. her name is alicia machado. and she has become a u.s. citizen and you can bet, she is going to vote this november. >> okay. >> alicia machado, winner of miss universe contest in 1986. with all the stressors after the event, she said she gain about 20 pounds. trump claimed it was at least 40. that's when she says trump publicly shamed her. the clinton campaign had a highly produced ad ready to hit trump. this summer accident she spoke of the names trump called her which hillary clinton had
mentioned. >> housekeeping, miss piggy. >> she claimed not long after the 1996 pageant, trump pressed her into working out in front of a crush of reporters and cameras. she said she felt like a lab rat. >> one of the things she will do. she will go back and forth. >> she has been a great miss universe
and she is like me ask everybody else. we like to eat. >> she told the network fusion she protested that display. >> when i talked to him, like i don't want to do this. i feel so bad with this reporters in front of me. and he told me, you know something in i don't care. >> she said she suffered from anorexia and bulimia for five years. today on fox news trump defended his treatment of machado. >> she was the worst we ever had. the absolute worst. she was impossible. she was the winner. and she gained a massive amount of weight. and it was a problem. we had a real problem. not only that, her attitude. and we had a real problem with
her. >> analysts stay clinton campaign likely believed alicia machado gave them the same opportunity as the gold star parents who blistered trump at the democratic convention. >> the clinton campaign clearly planned this out in advance and it was going to be a rat tat tat. last night would be the opening salvo from hillary and here comes machado on television shows. all over the news. and they made it a big story. very clever. it is an after debate story that keeps the issue alive. >> we reached out to the trump campaign about the specific allegations made by aleash machado. the campaign in the statement called her claims totally baseless and unsubstantiated, said machado had lobbed a public smear campaign to gain notoriety apt donald trump's expense. this seems to be a double what happenedy for clinton campaign in that it is paying
heavily in the hispanic community. >> that's right. he asked the campaign how this back and forth was playing in the spanish media today. a clinton aide came back with a trumpism saying it was huge. >> thank you very much. and the form he miss universe speaks out in her first live interview since last night's show. that airs on anderson cooper "360" live tonight. 8:00 right here on cnn. coming up in the first debate, donald trump rallies donald trump, goading him into going off message. trump took the bait. we're standing by for the first rally sentence debate. will he deliver the punches that he pulled last night? that goes . it's not something you do now and then. or when it's convenient. it's using state-of-the-art simulators to better prepare for any situation. it's giving offshore teams onshore support.
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