tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN October 7, 2016 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT
calls his star status. deadly storm, hurricane matthew inundates parts of the florida coast with a wall of water. bracing for a life threatening surge of up to nine feet. how much damage will the city suffer? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." ♪ >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we're following two major breaking news stories, including a bombshell in the race for the white house, an audio of donald trump engaging in conversation about bragging about groping women and talks about how he tried to seduce a married woman saying "when you're a star, they let you do it." trump has issued what's believed to be the first apology of his campaign. now, we're also following hurricane matthew right now, a
powerful and dangerous category 2 storm. the national hurricane center just issued a new advisory saying matthew is causing devastation along the northeast florida coast right now. winds are clocked at 110 miles per hour. three deaths are now being blamed on the storm, the united states, and more than a million customers in florida right now are without power. we're covering all angles of the breaking news this hour with our correspondents, our guests, and our expert analysts. let's begin, though, with the stunning new trump reporting. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar is here with the latest. brianna, this is a political earthquake. >> yes, and questions tonight if his campaign can recover from this. the candidate caught on tape describing and endorsing forcibly kissing women and grabbing them by their genitalia. a new video sending shockwaves through the presidential race tonight.
taping an interview in 2005 with the tv show "access hollywood," donald trump speaking in vulgar turns about his pursuit of women. >> grab them by the pussee. >> reporter: in the clip, trump tells billy bush that he's not always successful in his efforts. >> i moved on her like a bitch, but i couldn't get there. >> reporter: trump and bush then saw the soap opera actress who greets them getting off the bus. >> she's hot as shit in the
purple. >> whoa, whoa! >> i am automatically attracted to beautiful women. i just start kissing them. when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. grab them by the pussy. you can do anything. >> reporter: the trump campaign released a statement from the candidate moments after the post published a video, offering an
apology of sorts. this was locker room banter, trump says in the statement. bill clinton has said far worse to my on the golf course. i apologize if anyone was offended. we are getting some response, even from people who are on the campaign. donald trump has sort of apologized for this, saying he's sorry if people are offended. but some stunning reporting coming from our phil mattingly who spoke to a donald trump field staffer who was in a field office when this story broke, this person saying there were collective gasps. we're trying to get our heads around it right now, but there's no way to spin this. there just suspect, wolf. >> i want to bring in our political experts. gloria borger, when you saw this audio and tape two days before the debate, you said to yourself? >> there's no way to get around this, wolf. it's not something
candidate can pass off and say i was being politically incorrect, which is a phrase he likes to use. it's hard to know where to start or how to dissect it. the tape is unexplainable. but the fact that he issued an apology that wasn't an apology, and tried to sort of talk about bill clinton in the same breath, he no longer has any standing to talk about bill clinton and bill clinton's behavior, period. after this tape. my phone has been going wild from republicans. i just heard from one who said this republican said that they heard the trump tape in the car with my daughter. it was humiliating. this is from a republican. and then i heard from another republican who was saying that they're worried about the problems they've been having with independent voters, which
you saw in the quinnipiac poll today, clinton 46, trump 32. they believe this is going to hurt him that way. but i don't think that there's any way to get around this, and the first attempt at it, wolf, just wasn't enough. >> the statement, i'll just read it one more time, this was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. bill clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course, not even close. i apologize if anyone was offended. >> what does he mean "if" by the way? >> that apology was sort of an apology, apologizing if anyone was offended. >> and if you're not offended, okay, fine. >> there are some people not offended, but it seems like there are people who are die-hard trump supporters. and he is going to maintain a lot of support among those folks. what he needs to do is expand his support, and he's on the down swing from this, and that
adds a weight to it. >> mark preston is getting ready to cover the second presidential debate. mark, you're getting new information. what are you learning? >> reporter: i've been on the phone with republicans in florida, in iowa, in new hampshire, trying to get quick reaction. as gloria was saying, apalling what they're saying. but getting a mixed reaction to this. one is, hey, listen, everybody knows he's a playboy, his supporters will stand by him and he's just going to harden the positions of those supporting him. however, they concede this, though, that middle vote that they need, the vote that's going to matter, that's going to win the election for hillary clinton or donald trump is gone. there's one republican in florida i spoke to, very well known republican asked not to be named, he said to me, it's over. it is over. at this point, wolf, you have to wonder how many straws are piling on the back of the camel. it appears this could be the one that breaks it. our colleague has some reporting from inside the campaign.
she's telling us now, m.j. is telling us a close adviser to donald trump describes the story as flat out appalling. that's from inside the campaign. they can't even begin to guess how trump can come back from this. "i know men talk this way sometimes, but nothing i would ever want to hear or condone or approve of. my reaction is it's appalling." so there you go, wolf, as republicans are trying to put their arms around what's going on, we are heading into a debate tomorrow night that could be watched by more than 84 million people, which could break records. donald trump is really against the ropes. >> the debate is sunday night, that debate, in fact it will even take race given this bombshell. hillary clinton's reaction in her tweet, this is horrific.
we cannot allow this man to become president. a short, simple tweet like that. your reaction? >> this is obviously a major gift for hillary clinton and her campaign, wrapped up with a bow on top. she has been trying to make the point all along, trying to attract women voters and suburban families who are key to this election that donald trump is not good for women, that he doesn't respect women. and this remark today that has come forward is just completely makes that point for her without her having to utter a single word. but i was just texting with one republican who does support trump. and this republican made the point that while this is obviously inexcusable, while there is no defense for this sort of language, you have to ask the question, does this surprise people? because elections are won or lost when there is a development that surprises voters. it makes them aback and maybe turns their expectations of a candidate on their face. with donald trump, many voters already feel that he does not
respect women and they know about remarks he's made regarding women in the past that have been controversial. so is this going to be a major surprise to them? certainly for many voters, this will cross a new line. but for others, maybe it will not. i think that's going to be the deciding factor when we look how important this is. >> dana bash is getting more reaction. what are you learning? >> reporter: i was talking to somebody who is a humongous fan of donald trump, somebody who is a big supporter, and has been an adviser who said, they just can't imagine any woman in this country voting for donald trump after seeing this, and more importantly, hearing the idea of him using the "p" word, forgive me, and talking about grabbing that as a way to push himself on a woman. because he's famous and because that's what you do when you're famous. it's almost hard for everybody to wrap their minds around that
this is something that happened and that is public, and that happened, you know, almost a little more than a month before the election. one thing that we were talking about last hour, wolf, is whether or not trump is going to just let this two sentence statement where he talked about bill clinton and not -- sort of gave kind of an apology, whether they're going to let that stand, or whether or not trump is going to come out another way to try to further explain or at least try to do some more damage control. my understanding, my impression is that's not going to happen tonight. so then it's one more day tomorrow, and then sunday is the debate. tomorrow, he's supposed to have a big event with the wisconsin republican leadership, including the house speaker, the rnc chair reince priebus, who is from wisconsin. the governor of wisconsin, scott walker, who literally is an eagle scout, and i can't imagine him being comfortable with
saying -- with hearing this kind of stuff. so there's an immediate question is what happens with this event? they were all supposed to be on the same stage, which was going to be a big deal. is that going to happen starting at 2:00 p.m. wisconsin time tomorrow? >> good question. gloria, what does this do to those suburb women that he was trying to court their support? >> i think it's a huge problem, wolf. i mean, suburban, married women, and if they're married, their husbands. because this is going to be a conversation, and one of my sources who heard the tape in a car with a child, this is, you know, this is something that strikes families. this is a person you're going to put in the oval office, and you have to think about that, as people did during the days of bill clinton. the big question that was being asked by lots of republicans, and by lots of democrats at the
time of bill clinton was, is he suitable for the oval office after the lewinsky affair? well, this is before an election. the language, as dana was saying, it's hard to get your arms around, and it stops you in your tracks, i think, to a degree. and i think that's what suburban, married women will be thinking about, and he's already way behind with them, wolf. he's already got a 20-point deficit with women to begin with. >> i just wanted to throw one thing in. one thing we have to watch is when does this party run away from donald trump? kelly ayott put out a statement a few moments ago saying his comments are totally inappropriate and offensive. i heard from a senior trump campaign adviser who i asked can donald trump recover from this?
this person said "it's pretty tough." i think there's an acknowledgement that's settling in, inside trump tower right now, that this might be it. >> wow. i know you're working your sources, as well. this might be it, potentially this could be the disaster that hillary clinton supporters were looking for as far as donald trump was concerned. but we've suggested that in the past and he's overcome those problems. >> reporter: he has. there's no doubt. we have definitely hyper ventilated about donald trump. i think we are in a different moment right now. wolf, what everyone is saying here, donald trump has to add voters right now. you have to remember the context of where we are in the race right now. he's behind. he was already on the ropes heading into this second debate, round two. he was still struggling with trying to solve this problem for independent voters, suburban voters of whether or not he's fit for the office, because he
didn't solve that question for them after the first debate. so this just takes the bottom out from underneath him. three things to watch right now very clearly. donald trump is not done responding to this, obviously. that statement alone is not going to do it. so what are they going to do either before the debate or in the debate to try to put this behind them, one. two, what does the republican party do now? and three, and this we should not forget, the clinton campaign is going to use this to their advantage tremendously. so when do we start seeing and hear thing audio in television ads from the clinton campaign or pro clinton super pacs across these battleground states? just ask how does today's story add a single voter to donald trump's coalition? and i don't think there's an answer to that, that it does. >> brianna is getting more information, as well. >> the pool report is a limited
group of reporters who follow a candidate or the vice presidential candidate around, and basically report mostly their every move. but they go to events, not just rallies, which we saw mike pence at. but they were also at a restaurant, where he just makes an appearance, tries to get voters on his side, donald trump's side. he's in toledo, ohio for this. and they report they're being brought into the back of this restaurant to get pictures and this is a chance to throw a question at the candidate of mike pence, signing something that is customary to sign in this restaurant, oddly a hot dog bun, but that is what the visual is going to be. and the person from the campaign who is with them and leading them back, this is all happening just after this story breaks, sort of pauses, has the pool of reporters stay where they are, and then comes back and says we're not doing this, we're leaving now and they want to know if they can get a shot of
him as he's leaving the restaurant, and they are prohibited from doing that. so right now, you're seeing this campaign very much in shutdown mode until they figure out how to handle this, because it's a situation that's almost impossible to know how to handle. >> mark preston, you're getting more reaction, as well. i assume david is right, at some point donald trump has to go out and make a statement formally and as best he can apologize, not with the words "if anyone was offended," but directly speak to the american people. >> you know, wolf, donald trump is a gentleman who said, in a room full of christian conservatives, and when i say a room full, over 1,000, basically told them that he didn't ever really apologize to god or ask grace from god because he just didn't do it. i don't know how he comes out and actually apologizes. he came out just a few weeks
ago, and he said he put the birther issue to an end. and it lasted all about seven seconds. i think that donald trump's ego is so big that it's going to prevent him from saving himself. forget about running for president, but saving himself and his reputation and try to look better. i think we have to look at where we are right now in this campaign. everything that has happened bad to donald trump has been self-inflicted by donald trump. donald trump would have had a very, very good chance of defeating hillary clinton, who has very high unfavorables. but donald trump has gone out and continued, continued to do things that makes republicans squirm and squiggle and have to explain why they're still supporting him. we're at a time in the campaign right now where it absolutely does matter. these things that he said before, not everybody was clued in. but the whole nation now is tuning in. i think that's why donald trump is an incredible trouble, not just for his run for president
right now, but his long-term reputation as he leaves the presidential race back in november. >> so rebecca byrd, what does he do now? he's got two days before this presidential debate. 30 plus days until the election. how does he overcome what clearly is a political disaster? >> well, he will need first of all a stronger statement than the one he's put out through his campaign. many people will not take that to mean an apology. nor does it address why he thought that was acceptable language to use. come debate night, he's going to have to have a gang buster performance. he's going to need a much stronger message in this debate. he's going to need to be focused and prepared, which we know is difficult for donald trump. but in the next few days, he's going to need to sort of stop the bleeding. because already we have republicans coming out, like jeff flake, the senator from arizona. no supporter of donald trump, but he tweets now, america
deserves far better than donald trump. and it's possible that we're going to see much more of this from republicans over the next few days. so donald trump is going to need to do something to sort of get the party behind him or at least stop the bleeding right now, so he can recover and move on. >> he's got to move quickly, because this damage is explosive right now. everyone, stand by. we'll continue to follow the breaking news. this political bombshell. much more right after this. hey, jesse. who are you? i'm vern, the orange money retirement rabbit from voya. orange money represents the money you put away for retirement. over time, your money could multiply. hello, all of you. get organized at voya.com.
he also talks about how he tried to seduce a married woman, saying "when you're a star, they let you do it." trump has issued what's believed to be the first apology, at least of sorts of his campaign. joining us now on the phone is former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski. corey, i want to replay some of that audiotape. this is audiotape from back in 2005. >> i moved on her. she was down in palm beach and i fell. i'll admit it.
i did try to [ bleep ] her. she was married. i moved on her very heavily. she wanted to get some furniture, i said i'll show you where hey have some nice furniture. i moved on her like a bitch, and i couldn't get there. she's now got the big phony tits. >> she's hot as shit in the
purple. >> yes! >> yes, the donald has scored. whoa, my man. [ crosstalk ] >> you and i will talk out. >> maybe it's different one. >> no, it's her. >> yeah, that's her, with the gold. i better get some tick tacks in case i start kissing her. when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. grab them by the pussy. you can do anything. looks good. >> come on, shorty. >> nice legs, huh? >> get out of the way. >> good
it's always better if you don't fall out of the bus. like ford, gerald ford, remember? >> mr. trump, how are you? >> good. you know billy bush. >> very well. are you ready to be a soap star. >> how about a little hug for the donald. he just got here. >> corey lewandowski, what was your reaction to hear thing audio and seeing the video? >> i think what this comes down to, clearly this is not how women should be spoken about. but we're not choosing a sunday
schoolteacher here, and what we know about donald trump, this is 12 years ago, this audiotape. it does not reflect or bring to mind the donald trump i spent 18 months with traveling. i never heard anything like this out of him. let me say, we're electing a lead tore the free world, not a sunday schoolteacher. you know, i spoke with jerry falwell, jr., and he went out and reminded us of the difference between ronald reagan and jimmy carter. jimmy carter was the absolute best person to be a sunday schoolteacher. but to have a leader, someone who is tough and will be respected around the world, that's what we're doing here. that's what i think donald trump is. are his words perfect? absolutely not. is this defensible? i don't think so. but he has apologized, this
was a private conversation. i know donald trump as a husband. i know donald trump as a father of two women. and i have seen firsthand the respect that he's had for women
over my tenure with the trump campaign. again, this private conversation is troubling, but we want a leader who is going to lead america. and is that rough sometimes? it is. is this defensible? absolutely not. but what i do know is he's the person that will lead our country forward and we should think about what that true leadership looks like for the rest of the world. >> it's not only the language he uses in that video, it's the conversation about casually talking about grabbing women by their private parts, bragging that he can do whatever he wants to these women because he's a celebrity. that is very, very concerning to a lot of voters out there. he needs to address this directly with the american people. i assume you agree. >> i think the american people know donald trump. he's spent a lot of time in public and done more interviews than anybody else. i think the american people know exactly who donald trump is.
what has been such an attraction to donald trump he's not a career politician. he speaks from the heart. he speaks the way many times people talk around their dining room table. now, does that
mean everything is perfect? absolutely not. but you have to look at the fact that is it enough to make someone change their position and vote for hillary clinton who now has to lead our country forward in a time of difficult economic crisis, difficult world leadership, a person who has been dishonest, who has an 11% approval rating when it comes to honesty. do you want someone who is going to be crass and tough? maybe. or somebody dishonest and doing something illegal. >> corey, does he need to address this issue before the debate sunday night in an interview, a press conference? we're in the final stretch of the campaign, as you well know. he has to explain to the american voters out there, he has to convince women
specifically he's fit to serve in the oval office. >> sure, look, if i was consulting donald trump right now, my advice would be, in addition to the statement he's put out that he's apologized for that, my advice would be, sit down and do an interview. let's the that now. let's get the opportunity to have a conversation about this now before the debate on sunday. you know, i don't advise donald trump, but in my opinion, i would be making a recommendation that he goes on tv and has a sitdown interview to discuss it. >> with a serious journalist, or someone who supports him? would he have a serious interview with a journalist who will ask him the tough questions or someone
that is going to ask him the simple questions and move on? >> look, again, if it were me, wolf, and i were providing counsel, when we saw donald trump sit down with matt lauer at the commander in chief's forum, he did an excellent job. matt is a serious interviewer.
my recommendation would be sit down and have an interview, do it tonight, do it with a serious journalist. get the issue out in front of you. make sure that you answer the tough questions right now. >> the republicans, they're react and pretty much in shock, as you have probably heard. some are saying you can't spin this. there were gasps in the room when some republican organizers were just hearing about this audiotape. clearly the republican party is worried, especially about how this could potentially hurt what are called these down ballot races, senate races, house races. are you concerned the party can really run away for example from trump right now? >> look, i don't think so. and the reason for that, donald trump has raised the vast majority of the money that the republican party has to spend for the election. i believe donald trump is still
the best candidate to reverse the downward spiral the nation is in. so you have a leader that talks
tough. he's been very bold. he speaks from the heart. people understand that. they know donald trump. that is what is attracted this massive amount of people to donald trump the last two years. they had the opportunity to find the perfect politician. what we don't know, we don't have any understanding of what hillary clinton has said in those meetings with wall street where she was paid for these speeches. for all we know, the same things are being said in that regard. i don't know if that's the case, and i don't think that the trump campaign wanted this or knew this was available to come out during october. i'm sure that would be the case strategically. but what we don't know is what hillary clinton has said in some of these speeches because she refuses to release the audio. do we have a bombshell in there? i don't know the answer. but you've got two candidates in this race. one of the two is going to be the president of the united states, donald trump or hillary clinton. and you have to make the fundamental decision, a tough, brash, bold person that will do what it takes to save our country or a career politician.
and i think the choice is career. >> corey lewandowski, thank you very much for joining us. joining us now on the phone is anna navaro. so what was your reaction to what you just heard and your reaction when you heard the
audio? >> you know, wolf, i was on a plane back from miami. i started hearing people gasp around me on the plane as they were looking at their ipads and read thing story and listening to this story. it is absolutely disgusting. it has absolutely no justification. it is inexplicable. this is not locker room banter. this was a 60-year-old man talking this way about women. how much more do we need to listen to? how many more times do we need to read about and listen to donald trump offending and insulting women? i would caution my republican brethren, this is a defining
moment for our party. be very careful about standing next to this man. this man is tainted. he is a stain on the republican party. what he has done is unjustifiable and is going to be with you the rest of your political career if you stand by him, and if you try to defend the indefensible. we've heard time and time again during this campaign, examples of donald trump having objectified women. he's not running to be sunday schoolteacher, corey is right. he's running to be president of the united states of america, the leader of the free world. and that comes with a requirement of having a moral compass. and what he has shown consistently is he lacks any morality. he's vulgar, he's crass. this is not being tough. this is not being bold. this is not leadership. this is disgusting, plain and simple. he's unfit to be president. he's unfit to be called a man.
>> ana, i want you to stick around. gloria, i want to get your reaction. corey lewandowski sort of set the stage of what we'll hear from a lot of other donald trump supporters. >> yeah, what corey is saying is that this was a private conversation, donald trump is brash, he's tough, he's not running to be your sunday schoolteacher. i think the language in this just makes corey's argument very difficult for people, when you hear it, it's difficult. and i just spoke with -- was e-mailing with former bush campaign manager sally bradshaw. she said to me, on the record, he's a pig. i'm voting for hillary. >> wow. >> this is a key republican. she already announced she was voting for hillary before, but she wanted to say that on the record. because i think that this is a part in the campaign, and this may be the october surprise, by
the way, that we didn't anticipate, where as ana is saying, each man and woman for himself in politics. and they have to decide, kelly ayot had a very difficult time the other day, saying whether she thought donald trump was a role model for children. she said one thing and then she had to say another. paul ryan is supposed to be with him somewhere tomorrow. this is where politicians are going to be asked these questions at their own town halls, all over this country, before the election. and they're going to have to make a decision about if they're with donald trump, how they explain this. do they leave donald trump? and i think that it's -- there are lots of campaigns around the country that are having some very difficult questions internally. >> david is with us, as well. this is a moment, could be a major moment for the donald trump campaign right now.
>> well, i think it's clearly that. there's no doubt this is a make or break moment. listen, i think what you just heard from corey lewandowski and ana navaro represents the trump loyalists and the never trump movement. those two factions, are not going to have an impact. so you've got to go back to donald trump was still on a quest to grow beyond his base of loyalists. so even his key loyalists, corey lewandowski says is this defensible? i don't think so. and then tries to reframe it. but the thing that we need to focus on politically in terms of its impact on the election is the voters in the middle that donald trump is still -- this sunday night, his mission going into that debate was to give them assurances that he fits the office he's seeking. and this completely up-ends that argument for those voters. that is why it is a bombshell in
the race. >> and dana bash, he clearly had threatened to bring up bill clinton's infidelities, although the other day he told "the new york post," page six of "the new york post" he wasn't going to do it. he felt that there were other more important issues to bring up. but this is a moment that clearly the hillary clinton camp is ready to exploit big-time politically going after him. >> well, he said he wasn't going to bring up bill clinton's infidelities, exploitations in the debate. and in his three sentence response, statement about these tapes, he talked about bill clinton and what bill clinton has privately said to him on the golf course. so who knows where he's going to go with this? because he feels that that is some kind of defense, because he's running against bill clinton's wife, which i think we should underscore, has absolutely nothing to do with the former president. it's his wife. especially when you're talking
about any kind of untoward talk on the golf course. having said that, i think the other thing that we should keep in mind as we look at the effect of this and the ripple effects of this, is senate races, house races, and races across the board. maybe even all the way down to dog catcher, frankly. i was just talking to one adviser who is very involved in competitive house races across the country. this is a republican. who said already after donald trump's poor debate performance and his subsequent attacks on alicia machado, the former miss universe, they saw the generic ballot number for republicans go down. what that means is that it was having an effect down ballot. this adviser said it's hard to imagine that not being more precipitous after these audiotapes come out. so that is something that we're going to see. we're going to hook for.
the last thing i'll say to you, wolf, we talked about whether or not paul ryan is going to be on the stage still with donald trump tomorrow. it's a unity event, lots of wisconsin republicans are going to be there. and i just got a text back from somebody said it's still up this the air. >> up the air, not a strong vote of confidence, at least not yet. we'll see what happens in wisconsin tomorrow. everyone, stand by. we'll continue our breaking news coverage on this political bombshell. and the hurricane in florida, moving up towards georgia, south carolina. much more right after this. we asked people to write down the things they love to do most on these balloons. travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income...
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our breaking news, hurricane matthew is slamming florida with powerful winds, heavy rain and flooding. but the governor warns the worst may still live ahead, as the storm targets georgia and the carolinas. brian, i understand people are scrambling to get ready. what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf, we are really getting pounded with some heavy rain here and high winds, as this scene gets braced for some of the hardest hits from hurricane matthew. hit's really getting bad at this hour. this comes after the storm just pounded florida with devastating effects. hurricane matthew barrelled into
the central coast of florida friday morning, bringing rain and wind gusts of over 100 miles an hour. how many kids are in there? there's 20 of us. >> reporter: leaving almost a million residents without power. >> we're starting to see the impacts and it's a monster. >> reporter: the storm hit florida as a category 3 hurricane. the major concern, rising water. >> we are very concerned about storm surge. and the worst effects are still likely to come. >> reporter: president obama urged residents in the storm's path to take the threat very seriously. >> this is still a really dangerous hurricane, that the potential for storm surge, flooding, loss of life, and severe property damage continues to exist and people continue to need to follow the instructions of their local officials. >> reporter: the powerful storm is moving up the coast toward the carolinas, the national weather service has extended
hurricane warnings into north carolina. and now, georgia and the carolinas are bracing for impact. pleading with citizens along the coast to move inland and stressing not to underestimate the threat. >> we understand the situation that is before us. and it is not a good one. >> reporter: south carolina officials say there could be up to 11 feet of storm surge, which could cause life threatening conditions and leave parts of the state under water. >> there is nothing safe about what's getting ready to happen. this is the last time you'll hear my voice when i am asking you to evacuate. we need everybody to consider evacuating. >> reporter: governor nikki haley just said about almost 400,000 people have evacuated. that window is closing very fast at this hour. i just talked to a state official who said in the coming hours, if people get stranded, they will not be able to get first responders to them. this is a critical period, wolf
>> brian todd in south carolina for us. let's get some more on hurricane matthew right now, the director of the national weather service is joining us right now. louie, thank you very much for coming in. what's your biggest concern right now this >> water. the water coming in from the ocean as part of the surge, the heavy rainfall expected, it's already developed over northeast florida and spreading into georgia, south carolina, north carolina. the inland flooding is going to be significant, dangerous. this is where the major impacts are going to be. >> where are the greatest danger areas in florida, georgia, south carolina, maybe even north carolina? >> we've seen the surge increase as the storm moved parallel to the coast. and jacksonville was hit very hard. we're expecting at least six-foot surges in the georgia
into south carolina. and the storm is going to get closer to the coast off the south carolina coast. so we're really expecting that surge to really create havoc along the coast. >> is it going to make landfall? >> it's going to be very close. >> if it makes landfall, where would it make landfall? >> we're looking at that area at the georgia board we are south carolina, in that general area. it's going to be very close to the coast. that puts charleston in a very dangerous part of the storm. >> what does that mean for the people of charleston, what should they brace for, worst case scenario? >> they should be listening to their local officials, and the governor of south carolina made it very clear, they need to get out, they need to get out now. don't take any chances with these types of surges. there's no way people can get in there. >> how much time do they have in charleston, where brian todd was
reporting from, if it makes landfall there or close to when? >> in the early mornings, i would say running out of time. >> overnight tonight? >> yes. they are running out of time. and as the storm moves up the coast it is going to be dealing with a higher tide. >> what does that mean higher tide? >> part of the inundation that affects the coastline is not just the surge. in it happens on high tide it is even worse. >> more water is already there. >> and this is what the coast of south carolina and georgia are going to be dealing with. >> 140 miles per hour winds. then down to 120. and now 110. so they are saying well maybe it is not bad, you hear people saying. >> the wind speeds around the storm have been increasing. and predicted, continued weakening of the winds, slow weakening as it moves up towards
north carolina. but that circulation is carrying a lot of water with it. it's been rotating off the coast so the surge itself can still be a very dangerous part of the storm system. and very heavy rainfall as well, up to a foot in north carolina and south carolina as the storm moves slowly up the coast. >> thanks very much for joining us. director of
the national weather service. and thanks to all yufr people for doing the excellent work you are doing. you are saving lives. >> thank you, wolf. >> thank you very much. more breaking news. an audio recording has surfaced of donald trump engaging in a very vulgar conversation about women, bragging about groping them. this was recorded back in 2005. we're going to play a little for you. we want to warn you the language have very disturbing and graphic. >> i moved on her actually. she was down in palm beach. i moved on her. and i failed. i'll admit it. i did try and [ bleep ].
she was married. her name was nancy. i moved on her heavily. and she wanted to go out furniture shopping. i moved on her like a bitch. but i couldn't get there. and she was married. and all of a sudden i see her, she's not gou the big phony tits and everything. she's totally changed her looks. >> hot at [ bleep ]. >> yes. the donald is good. >> oh my man. >> wait you got to look -- >> okay. you are a -- >> you got to get this -- >> -- [indiscernible]. >> you and i will walk out. >> oh my gosh. >> maybe as the different one. >> -- yeah it's her with the gold. got to use some tick tacks in case i start kissing her.
when they are a star you can do anything. they let do you do it. grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> all i can see is the legs. >> ooh looks good. >> that's good legs. >>
go ahead. >> always good if you don't fall out of the bus. like ford. gerald ford, remember? >> -- he he, down below. >> hello. ho how are you, hi? >> mr. trump, how are you. >> terrific. good to see you. billy bush. >> hello. are you ready to be a soap star? >> we're ready. let's go. make me a soap star. >> have a little hug for the donald. he just got off the bus -- >> i want to bring in our senior political correspondent brianna
keilar. getting more reaction to this political bomb shell. what are you learning brianna? >> a lot of our reporters are getting reaction to this. collective gasps coming from field workers in one field office. this is something that is sending -- this is really a political earthquake as you had put it, wolf. something that even though we heard donald trump say so many times use language or even talk about women in a way that is certainly something that, you know, is offensive to many people this crosses a different threshold and there are a lot of people not just outside of donald trump's campaign but now inside of his campaign who are questioning if this could be the moment that is really the nail in the coffin for donald trump. there have been people inside of the campaign telling us that it will be tough. certainly people close to donald trump saying that it will be tough for him to come back from this. and now we're also waiting to see is how do other republicans, including those who have either
wholeheartedly supported him, or those have supported him in ab tepid way, like house speaker paul ryan, how do they respond? because donald trump tomorrow is supposed to be in wisconsin, alongside him the rnc chair reince priebus and house speaker paul ryan. and no word yet if that is going to happen. and you can imagine say the documentary about this election is made. whether or not donald trump wins or loses, this is the moment that will be so prominent, this moment that he may appear before cameras for the first time. this is the shot. does the house speaker really want to be standing next to donald trump? >> it is a major moment right now for donald trump, for the republican party as you correctly point out. thanks very much. remember we are just two days away from the second presidential debate between donald trump and hillary clinton. cnn's anderson cooper will be one of the moderators. will be airing the debate live.
our coverage begins on cnn sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. eastern. more breaking news tonight. the united states now openly saying what many inside the government strongly suspected, that russia is directly behind a series of cyberattacks targeting the upcoming presidential election. jim sciutto is working the story. you are getting nur information. -- new information. what are you learning. >> reporter: i want to draw your attention to two points in the statement. one that this is an attempt by russia to influence an up coming u.s. presidential and national election. and two, that that decision to do this in the words of the statement from the department of homeland security would have to be approved by the most senior officials in the russian government pointing the finger directly at the kremlin. to say this publicly. to publicly name and shame
russia, that is something they only do under very specific circumstances. and if they want to send a message. they have done this with china. they have done it with north korea. they are now with russia. >> why did it take so long for the u.s. government at the highest levels now to formally, publicly accuse russia of these kind of political hacks? >> it is my understanding wolf, and i've spoken to a number of officials with knowledge, that they have had the intelligence. the assessment has pointed to russia for some time but there's been a debate as to whether to publicly name and shame russia. and that debate obviously has now come down on the side of doing so. and a couple of other factors in doing so. one, the overall relationship with russia is declining. syria, ukraine. in the past there might have been a reason to hold back, in light of really the collapse of this relationship, really no reason to hold back at this point. >> the hacking comes and this
public decoratilaratiolaration as russia is making some belligerent moves. explain. >> reporter: russia deploying a nuclear missile. a new category of nuclear missile right on the border with eastern europe. this is in colin grad. on the border with u.s. nato ally poland, for instance. this is something that is not just a message. a dangerous message. a belligerent message. but it is a belligerent military step. we have a comment from nato spokesmen saying this is not helpful to reduce tensions. that is a diplomatic way of saying that this is something the u.s. takes very seriously and militarily something that effects the u.s. nuclear up pla over europe. if this missile deployed it is something nato has to take military steps to respond to.
>> and this as the u.s. effort to achieve some sort of cease fire in syriaia for humanitarian purposes by all accounts has now completely collapsed and there is some sense the u.s. went public because that diplomatic effort is now history. >> it is hard to see how those are not tied. you had this last ditch effort really to stop the fighting in syria. was there marginal benefit to holding back on publicly identifying russia for the hacks while that was under way? yes, possibly. now that those talks aren't under way, and just to remind people. as russia bombed an humanitarian conv convoy, really there was no reason to hold back. >> and i assume all of these will be part of the sunday night presidential debate between donald trump and hillary clinton. remember we are only two days away from this. cnn's andersen cooper will be one of the moderators. we'll be airing it live.
our special coverage begins sunday 4:00 p.m. eastern. i'm sure you are going to watch that debate. the political news right now very very explosive. that's it for me. in the situation room, erin burnett "outfront" starts region now. picture . next we're following two major breaking stories tonight. donald trump uncensored caught on tape speaking in vulgar language. can he recovery? and hurricane matthew, the worst of it right now at this hour the governor says some of the worst could be coming. let's go "outfront." good friday evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" i want to begin with the breaking news. donald trump on tape openly