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is ridiculous to me. i was trying to lampoon it. >> we are looking forward to snl. maz jobrani, thank you for spending time with us. thank you. >> thank you for sharing your time with us this morning. we are always grateful. >> so much more in the newsroom. we are turning it over to fredricka whitfield. >> it has been a while since we have seen each other. >> yes. have a great day. >> it is 11:00 on the east coast. i'm fredricka whitfield. "newsroom" starts right now. >> donald trump ramping up his attacks on hillary clinton. threatening to focus on her husband's sex scandals heading into the next debate. previewing his future attack lines. trump told "the new york times" she's nasty, but i can be
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nastier than she ever can be. this as republican leaders urge trump to get back on message after his widely panned debate performance and late night or shall we say early morning twitter rampage where he ripped into the media and a former miss universe. for more on this, i'm joined by cnn's chris frates. is this a prelude to what's to come in the next presidential debate eight days away? >> reporter: fred, it is also trump trying to get back on offense. he had a really bad week. he had the widely panned debate performance. allegations he called a former miss universe miss piggy after she gained weight. trump has been dogged by headlines and on the defensive all week long. in "the new york times" interview, trump called clinton nasty, but he said he can be nastier.
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he seemed to be rethinking his support for clinton should she end up winning the white house in november. at the debate on monday, he said he would absolutely support her. now he said he has to wait and see how the election plays out. trump is on the attack hitting clinton for what he says is her role in her husband's sex scandals. he said quote hillary clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics. hillary was an enabler and she attacked women. this is something i'm considering talked about. this is not the first time we heard trump use this line of attack. he used it last december after hillary clinton called help a sexist. its effectiveness is questioned when he uses it. especially when it alienates some women. he is going for the women vote. he is trying to do that. this could alienate folks.
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after the bad week, we will see if he can reverse poll numbers. also, fred, important to point out donald trump is talking about what about your inn discretions? he had an affair in tabloid history with marla maples. he said i don't talk about that. bill clinton was president and that was a big problem. also, it opens himself up for the attack on the line they are trying to use against the clintons. fred. >> chris frates, thank you. we shall see. let's talk about this with cnn historian tim neptale and errol louis. voters measure a candidate on charisma. if donald trump does indeed get nastier during the debate. smart political move? >> no, not a smart political move at all.
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>> wouldn't the people around him know that? why move forward? >> okay, fredricka, i can't imagine any professional political operative in the country suggesting to the candidate that the candidate tweet in the middle of the night. clearly trump does things that his advisers don't want him to do. his problem is not charisma. he is charismatic. he knows it. his problem is he has to do something that most politicals don't have to do. he has to prove he is competent as a political leader. that means actually being more restrained and more boring than he would like to be. hillary clinton is the opposite. demonstrates better sense of humor and better charisma. his is restraint and look presidential. you can have fun and go overboard, but when pushes comes to shove, you're serious.
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he hasn't proven that. going nastier is an error on his part. we will be back in mid-august when he attacked the gold star family. his numbers will go back to what they were in august if he starts going nasty. >> errol, he is saying out in the open that he is likely to get nastier because he's capable of such. if his advisers are telling him don't do this, he is essentially, you know, showing the cards and saying this is what he's going to deal with and deal to hillary clinton come eight days from now at the debate. >> that's right. that's the competitive side of donald trump. we have seen it in his business life. he talked about it in his books. we have seen it in the political life in the primary season. if you hit him, he will hit you back harder. it is a credo that he lives by. it doesn't really matter to him as far as i can tell in his
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public life what the consequences will be. that is part of his persona. that is part of what brought him success in the primary process and business life. i wouldn't expect him to necessarily change at age 70 with six weeks to go before the biggest day of his life. i think tim is right. it has to be especially frustrating to his aides because there is early voting going on, fredricka, every day is election day. this is not building up to a big climax in many states. people are voting right now. if he loses a news cycle or bad week, that is how we talk about it. the reality is he loses votes. >> tim, how might you expect that hillary clinton and her team are preparing for the potential onslaught knowing that donald trump comes with his own baggage and terms of inn fidel
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de tys. is it your guess that her advisers will say stay away or, you know, no, you need to respond to this. >> well, you know, it is a phenomenally great question. i can imagine that bill clinton would love to say something. i suspect that what she'll be counselled and i think she knows this already. the more restraint she shows the better. what we're seeing here is something quite remarkable. we're seeing a man of a certain generation attacking a woman because her husband was unfaithful to her. the optics are horrible. this makes her and she was the victim. so i would suspect that her advisers are reinforcing her own preference of just staying quiet and letting donald trump make a fool of himself.
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>> there is the back drop, tim, the 2000 adult video for "playboy." we have seen this clip with donald trump in it. watch. ♪ >> let's see what happens. >> so it's called an adult video. you will not see anymore than that as far as we understand with donald trump in it with the champagne and the whole "playboy" image. it makes everybody squirm. this is where we are in the presidential race. this is the kind of stuff that is now politics. >> it's sleazy. >> it's cheesy and sleazy. even "playboy" doesn't do centerfolds anymore. everybody has moved on.
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hugh hefner is trying to sell the "playboy" mansion. the polls show he doesn't have the temperament or qualifications to be a decent president. this doesn't help him. >> there was a response to that video. a statement coming from the clinton camp saying this if we can put that up. there's been a lot of talk about sex tapes today and in a strange turn of events. one adult film emerged today and its star is donald j. trump. we talk about smart strategy in the realm of donald trump, one that's wonder if it is smart for hillary clinton's camp or hillary clinton to respond at all to keep all of this alive? to you, quickly and then errol. >> no, no. let donald trump sink donald trump. >> errol. >> if they make him back into a reality star, people like him as a reality star. it hurts him.
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>> stay with us. there's much more to talk about. the hits keep coming. there is so much material out there. tim and errol, i appreciate it. redemption for donald trump? his mike was defective. >> i mean working that microphone was a lot more difficult than working crooked hillary clinton. that i can tell you. >> all right. we will have much more straight ahead in the newsroom. if you're searching other travel sites to find a better price... ...stop clicking around... the lowest prices on our hotels are always at hilton.com. so pay less and get more only at hilton.com.
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live pictures right now in virginia. the first vice presidential debate will take place tuesday night. senator tim kaine and governor mike pence will face-off. watch tuesday night. cnn's coverage starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. meanwhile, we're learning that donald trump's mike, his
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microphones, was defective during the face-off against clinton. the debate campaign admitted that. it affected the sound in the debate hall. trump told "the new york times" he got distracted. he said i spent 50% of my thought process of working the mike. how can i stop the show if i has 100 million people watching. trump spoke about this. >> it was just announced by the commission that holds the debate that donald trump's microphone was defective as i have been saying. i mean working that microphone was a hell of a lot more difficult than working crooked hillary clinton. that i can tell you. >> cnn's senior political correspondent brianna keilar is live from washington. how was a mike a distraction?
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>> reporter: it is unclear. some people are wondering if it is. i should say that. i want to first day when you are talking about a debate at this level, everything should be working the way it should. what we're understanding from some people is that it was harder to hear donald trump inside of the debate hall than hillary clinton at times. the question is would that be something that donald trump notice? we talked to our producers in the debate hall, fred, in the back of the hall up high. they said we can hear donald trump. at the same time, the issue was for the crowd inside. were they able to hear him as well as they should have? of course, they should have. you hear the debate commission saying there is a issue. that is a failure on their part. what about the people watching? the millions and millions of people watching on tv? it was very clear there were no issues for them. the outstanding question here is how would donald trump have known there was an audio issue
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in the debate hall? how is that a distraction for him or is that someone saying later i could not hear you as well as i would like to. you look at the polls. he did poorly. people thought hillary clinton won the debate. we're also seeing some of the other language about where he's trying to explain what happened or insisting he did. first he insisted he did really well. now he seems to be making a bit of an excuse. >> okay. we heard from donald trump last night and his response to the admission from the commission. what does hillary clinton and her camp say? >> reporter: i think hillary clinton said the day after the debate anyone who is complaining about a microphone that is not working is having a bad day. i think they feel this is him trying to pivot away from that. certainly for folks following donald trump, they're going to believe him. so they think it feeds into his idea this is rigged. the clinton campaign, fred, is
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responding to the tweets that donald trump sent out the night before last. the first one about 3:00 in the morning. and hillary clinton, her team, i should say, putting out a tweet of their own. where they say for hillary clinton. it's 3:20 a.m. good a time as any to tweet about national service. this takes you to a link on medium. hillary clinton talking about national service. let's show you. in talking about where donald trump said i alone can fix it. she says that's his way. one person with supreme power. that is why he admires ruthless dictators like vladimir putin. it is never about one person. her campaign is loving that he's going after alicia machado. they are also realizing this is an election that is getting
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depressing. that's not something that inspires people to go to the polls. they are trying to make it positive and talk about national service. we saw that yesterday in her event. the question is can they do that? it seems like a mud-slinging contest. >> barely over 30 days away. >> reporter: so close. >> brianna keilar, thank you. meantime, more outrage now surrounding wells fargo bank. following fallout over fake accounts. the company accused of illegally repossessing 400 military member cars. this as congress calls for punishment. who cares? we'll pretend to be sorry. we'll fire workers and we'll get through this. you know where i heard that before? the guys who ran enron. i've never been #1 in anything until i put these babies on. now we're on a winning streak and i'm never taking them off. do i know where i'm going? absolutely.
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welcome back. more fallout for wells fargo. the illinois state treasurer is cutting business from the bank as wells fargo illegally repossessed cars from 400 military members. john stumpf defended his bank on capitol hill. we have cristina alesci reports.
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>> reporter: dennis was a soldier preparing to go to afghanistan in 2013. that same year, wells fargo had repossessed his car. it was against the law. wells fargo did it anyway. singleton wasn't alone. the department of justice has charged wells fargo with illegally repossessing 415 vehicles of military members. 413. as a result, wells fargo has been fined $24 million. singleton never got his car back. received no compensation and his credit was destroyed. wells fargo told cnn money it reached out to singleton, but hasn't heard back from him. it is the latest scandal for the bank embroiled in controversy. there is the up to 2 million unauthorized accounts opened by wells fargo employees to meet unrealistic sales targets set by
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management. employees were punished for calling the ethics line. >> i'm not perfect. i got to the point where the mental stress that came from this reduced my production to zero. i took it to my district manager. i was accused of making excuses and try to throw my colleagues under the bus. >> reporter: can john stumpf survive the fallout? >> you should resign. you should give back the money you took while this scam was going on and you should be criminally investigated by both the department of justice and the s.e.c. >> you have shirked around and said the board can do anything it wants anytime. i think you should submit a resignation and your board cannot hold off action on that. >> frankly, i don't see how you survive. >> the truth is, it's not your survival that i am concerned about.
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>> reporter: what is concerning? a mega bank with a corrupt culture leaving victims in its wake. wells fargo is ditching the sales goals that led to the ghost accounts. as for stumpf, he is still hanging on despite growing opposition. >> it is gutless leadership. straight ahead, a donald trump surrogate has a message for his candidate. stop tweeting at 3:00 in the morning. we will have that next in the cnn newsroom. ♪ jn't wait to get on tai [ front assist sounds ] [ music stops ] [ girl laughs ] ♪ on the road again ♪ like a band of gypsies we go down the highway ♪ [ beetle horn honks ] no matter which passat you choose, you get more standard features, for less than you expected. the volkswagen passat starting at $22,440.
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hello. i'm fredricka whitfield. so donald trump's feud with a former miss universe was a distraction with the candidate. it is not the first time the real estate tycoon lashed out at someone criticizing him. it started long before trump entered the political ring.
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>> reporter: trump's penchant for public feuds did not start with the foray in poll titpolit. one of the early fights was with graydon carter. he referred to trump as a short fing finger vulgarian. >> he will send me pictures. with a gold sharpie, he would say see, not so short. it gives him absolute fits. >> reporter: marco rubio baited him in the debates. >> if they're small, something else must be small. i guarantee you, there's no problem. >> reporter: and who could forget rosie o'donnell.
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that is still going strong after a decade. it started in 2006 when she lamb lambasted him as a hypocrite. something that trump finally publicly forgave her for. >> there he is. hair. >> reporter: trump immediately double downed. >> rosie o'donnell talks like a truck driver. >> reporter: it's a feud that lingers today which trump mentioning o'donnell during the first debate. >> you called women you don't like fat pigs, slobs and disgusting animals. >> only rosie o'donnell. >> reporter: for a campaign desperate to modulate their presidential contender, trump's
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feuds and inability to let go of them is difficult. and going after megyn kelly after she brought up remarks he made against women. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her -- wherever. >> reporter: in july, he clashed with the khan family. a muslim army captain killed in iraq. >> his wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. she had nothing to say. >> reporter: when it comes to the twitter outbursts, the preferred way of needling the enemies, he had this to say. >> the tweeting thing gets you in trouble. you say things and you think it is cute and smart and it comes back to haunt you. >> reporter: advice from the past that many are hoping he'll take now. sunlen serfaty, cnn, washington.
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>> let's talk more about all of this. let's bring back tim neptali and political commentator errol louis. that underscores what donald trump's pattern has been. for somebody who said in the new york times, he has the ability to get nastier. he has real vulnerabilities. how is it an opponent would not take advantage of that? >> i think the hillary clinton team will try to exploit this weakness and make no mistake. it is a political weakness. rosie o'donnell is not on the ballot in 50 states. rosie is not running for president. the calendar is not his friend. it is a distraction and a way for him to put his foot in his mouth and alienate voters.
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>> tim, it can potentially back fire for her opponent in hillary clinton if she seizes on it. >> we saw this in the debate. that hillary clinton and her people choreographed a slow ever increasing effort to push his buttons. like water following on a stone. the first time they went after him about his father. he responded. he wasn't that angry. she kept at it. increasing pressure and he lost control. i think they understand him well. i do not think they will go down the rabbit hole with him. >> it was advantageous because many polls show she won. she did well by holding it together and he unravelled. now we're eight days away from the next debate. both sides know of the potential.
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neither one can count on things unraveling or gaining strengths depending which way you look at it again. you know, is this kind of water under the bridge now and they have to move on and start anew? >> no. >> this is a springboard for what's to come? >> errol made the point that voting has started. there are votes that people are voting. trump's people have to make clear to him that he can't afford too many more bad election cycles or bad media cycles. again, for hillary, just letting trump be trump is to her advantage. >> so last night, newt gingrich, a trump supporter, weighed in on this controversy, particularly as it pertains to donald trump's twitter habits. take a listen. >> i think what trump's got to understand is he has to sing i
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have to be me or learn a new song. i've got to be president. they're not the same song. he's got to become more disciplined. for a while there, i thought he really turned a corner. this last week, i think, has been frankly a lost week. a week which hurt him which shaken his own supporters. you can't tweet at 3:00 in the morning. >> errol, is it realistic to expect that donald trump can be anything different? more than 30 days away from the general election and what he exhibited his style? >> there is no particular evidence to suddenly think he will change his exchange style. it is curiosity in the election that you have people like newt gingrich sending him advice that would be better delivered face-to-face through the media. >> what does that say? >> it says the advisers are having a hard time to get him to sit down and focus in the
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traditional way. he is attune to media. it is an odd thing to telegraph your thoughts. >> tim, now you have so many newspapers endorsing a candidate for president. not that newspapers don't do that. these newspapers have never really done it. we are talking about earlier in the week "usa today" with real terse language. now "the san diego union tribune." saying trump's campaign is an entertaining show. calling trump vengeful and dishonest. >> we're not sure yet. we don't know the extent to which people follow newspapers. i tell you one thing. it shows you the issue of competence is more important to these and character is more important to these newspapers
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than political philosophy. donald trump is failing the character and competence test for the newspapers. if he is failing it for the newspapers, he must be failing it for independents and those who have not made up their minds. >> this morning on michael smerconish's show, he spoke with a former philadelphia enquirer reporter. she described an experience with donald trump this way back in 1988. she was on this morning talking about it. >> working in the wall street office of the philadelphia enquirer. i got a phone call. the woman said hold for mr. trump. then mr. trump began to yell at me. he told me i had shit for brains. he told me i worked for [ bleep ] paper. he said what [ bleep ] was i writing. i was stunned. he hung up. he called my boss in philadelphia. he treated my boss to the same sort of rant. he then added that he referred
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to me as the "c" word. a word i will not use, michael, because it is the worst word to refer to a woman in the english language. >> errol, how do you respond? >> wow. >> yeah. add that to the mix now. >> add that to the mix. the reality is he has done so many strange things with reporters. he referred to reporters as scum on the campaign trail in front of thousands of people. he is well known for the prank where he would call reporters and clearly him and some recorded and say he was somebody else speaking on behalf of donald trump. he played so many different game was the press. this gets added to a long, long list. going back to your issue about the endorsements, especially from conservative newspapers, it gives the reporters on staff at those papers and others a little bit of permission to sort of do
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a little bit tougher reporting than they might have otherwise done. if it is clear the editorial board which doesn't control the news staff, but saying he is erratic and not truthful. he contradicted himself over and over again. they are giving store lines to reporters that they will follow-up on. >> tim, you get to punctuate this. >> look, there's a nastiness and meanness to mr. trump's interactions with people he doesn't agree with. there is so much evidence, it is overwhelming. if he gets elected, the amount of meanness will reach the same level that richard nixon was in the white house. >> tim and errol, i appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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welcome back. this week in atlanta, music artist john legend and dave matthews are performing at the rivers festival. the shared goal to inspire across america despite cultural differences. bringing them together is actor and activist and singer harry bellafonte. before we talk about the project, i asked belafonte who endorsed bernie sanders during the primary, who he is backing
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now? >> it is safe to say hillary clinton. i believe i'm almost 90 years old and i lived through many elections during the 20th century. i think america sits at its most critical space i've every known our country to be. i think it's one thing to flippantly dismiss donald trump as some phenomena or peculiar if he phenomena. i have issues with his character of the 13 million people. that's a big number. i spent many years in atlanta with dr. king and the civil rights movement. >> you mentioned dr. king. you were inspired by him to be involved in the movement.
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so when you look at young people today who are part of a movement, there have been many evolutions of human rights and civil rights movements over the years. you are seeing instead some of the movements and protests turn violent. what are your impressions of what you are seeing today? >> for us to come to a place where all the lives that were sacrificed in getting rights and an accommodations for black people for greater participation in our constitutional construct. something went wrong and i think we have lost traction, we lost vision. i think america is in a regression. we are going back to behavior of the past. >> how do you see this election potentially making a direct impact on the kind of climate and tension that we're seeing
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particularly as it pertains to race relaxtions in the country? >> america has a choice. what hillary clinton represents and what donald trump represents. i don't think there's any ambivalence between the two ideologies. >> let's talk about the festival that brought you to atlanta. it starts with the musical artist prince, we lost him this year. he challenged you. how can we get musicians to play a role in helping to send a message of human rights. >> his first interest, he was looking at a career shift. he wanted to know what to do with the rather impressive platform that he possesses. he said i don't know enough. i've been really living in my own little space and doing my thing. he came to me for my point of
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view. he went to baltimore and in baltimore seeing the discontent in that community caused him to write a song. the very last album he did. >> this was just last year. fairly recent? >> that's right. called "baltimore." that was the beginning of a trajectory that he was on to write songs that involve himself in things. >> you are challenging musicians in their songwriting, aren't you? >> artist are the gatekeepers of truth. we are in fact civilization's moral compass and radical voice. if artists abandoned their capacity to instruct and inspire, we missed a big part of our power and how do we instruct? ♪ we shall overcome
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>> we sing songs and speak to issues that inspire people and help lift our communities to a better place to live. >> harry belafonte. he said he is reminded by the echos of his friend and mentor dr. king. one of the greatest gifts from the kco constitution is the vot. harry hopes you use your vote in a peaceful and democratic way. we'll be right back. new coming.. grilled, glazed korean bbq shrimp. and try as much as you want of flavors like new parmesan peppercorn shrimp. just come in before it ends. ...stop clicking around...travel sites to find a better price... the lowest prices on our hotels are always at hilton.com. so pay less and get more only at hilton.com. but when we brought our daughter home,
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38 days and counting until voting day. tonight, snl snl is making its return to the election cycle hours from now, the late night show is set to unveil alec baldwin as their new donald trump. the idea coming from tina faye. z this year, "snl" pushed the season opener until after the first debate. now, the sketch everyone is waiting for could help shape the narrative of this election. will there be trump sniffles?
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vigorous chugging of water? jokes like that can breakthrough in a powerful way. >> they go to define people. i think comedy could be the key to winning this election. >> as election day nears, left leaning "late night" host are ratcheting up their jokes. >> hillary clinton used a secrete device to boost her debate performance. we have a picture of it right here. >> don't snort your way through the debate like jeanpierre. >> reporter: pointed comedy can turn off some viewers. >> i'm aware that probably happens. >> it impresses other viewers. during election years, people need to laugh. some past "snl" performances are unforgettable. >> i can see russia from my house. >> and will ferrell's george w.
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bush. the portrayal of al gore was devastating. >> i would put it in what i call a lock box. >> and who can forget chevy chase as a bumbling gerald ford. >> no problem. >> last year, the clinton impression helped win her an emmy. >> i cannot wait to be your next president, if i'm elected, of course. not getting ahead of myself of course. in private, i have been president for 15 years. >> darrel hammond took on trump. >> jeb, you are a nice guy, but you are a lightweight. i know for a fact that you pee sitting down. >> reporter: both candidates appeared on the show, something we could see again this season. tonight, political junkies are eagerly awaiting "snl's" take on the first debate to see if the not ready for prime time players
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