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it's about basic human decency. >> this is a conspiracy against you, the american people. >> we've already learned donald trump is. we have to prove who we are. >> this is "new day," with chris cuomo. and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day." we are at a moment of reckoning in the presidential race. we saw it play out in realtime. back-to-back speeches. michelle obama and then donald trump each providing such stark contrasts to the other. the most we've seen in this election. for trump's part, he was angrily denying allegations he made unwanted sexual advances on several women saying it is all lies and more than that, it's part of a conspiracy between the clintons, and the media, to take him down. >> and first lady michelle obama also gave a stunning speech yesterday, a blistering condemnation of trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women. so this does seem to be a defining moment in this race. we are only 25 days from
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election day. and five days until the final presidential debate we have it all covered for you this morning. let's begin with brianna keilar live in washington. what's the latest brianna? >> good morning, alisyn. this presidential race seems to be getting nastier and more contentious. you had first lady michelle obama in battleground new hampshire sharply denouncing the gop nominee. and donald trump is defending himself from the latest allegations. he's lashing out against people in his own party and warning his supporters about rigged elections as his poll numbers keep dropping. >> this is a struggle for the survival of our nation. >> reporter: donald trump issuing an apocalyptic call of arms amount allegations of sexual misconduct. >> our campaign represents a true threat. >> reporter: portraying himself as a smear campaign, a conspiracy orchestrated by clinton, the media and the
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establishment. >> this is crossroads in the history of our civilization. >> reporter: the republican nominee flatly denying the accusations against him. >> these claims are all fabricated. they're pure fiction and they're outright lies. >> reporter: even suggesting that natasha stooynoff, a writer for "people" magazine who said she was attacked by trump in 2005, was not attractive enough. >> look at her, look at her words. you tell me what you think. i don't think so. >> reporter: trump's speech a stark contrast to michelle obama's emotional call to women to rise up against him. >> i have to tell you that i listen to all of this. the shameful comments about our bodies. the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. >> reporter: the first lady condemning trump's lewd comments captured on tape about women and
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sexual assault. >> it is cruel. it's frightening. and the truth is, it hurts. >> reporter: speaking in deeply personal terms while refusing to mention trump by name. >> this isn't about politics. it's about basic human decency. it's about right and wrong. and we simply cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer. not for another minute. and yet alone for four years. >> reporter: president obama and vice president joe biden also taking on trump while campaigning for hillary clinton. >> his admission of what is the textbook definition of sexual assault is not inconsistent with the way he's abused power all along. >> reporter: the president hammering republican leaders who have just decided to withdraw their support. >> you claim the mantle of the party of family values. and this is the guy you nominate?
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and stand by and endorse and campaign with until finally at the 11th hour you withdraw your nomination. you don't get credit for that. >> reporter: donald trump has two rallies in battleground north carolina. that is a state where the latest polls have him falling behind. hillary clinton is off the campaign trail again today for a star-studded fund-raising swing on the west coast. she does have her husband bill clinton and her daughter chelsea campaigning for her as well as president obama in ohio. >> all right, brianna, thank you very much. it's important for you to recognize, this isn't about going after the people who support donald trump as he was suggesting. this is about him and what he's done and one of his accusers, jessica leeds, is telling her story to cnn. she alleges trump assaulted her on a plan a long time ago. she told anderson cooper about what happened. here's a piece. >> he wasn't flirting and i don't think i was flirting. we were just talking. >> and then the meal finished. >> then the meal finished and
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the stewardess cleared away the the -- the -- the dishes and everything else like that. and it was like suddenly he's like encroaching on my side of -- of -- of the seat. and his -- his hands were everywhere. >> did he say anything? >> no. and i didn't either. >> you didn't say anything? >> i didn't say anything. >> you say his hands were everywhere. can you be specific? >> well, he was grabbing my breasts and trying to turn me towards him and -- and kissing me and then after a bit, that's when his hands started going -- i was wearing a skirt. and his hands started going towards my knee and up my skirt. and that's when i said, i don't need this. and i got up. >> is that literally what you said? >> i don't know if i said it out loud or whether -- >> it's what you were thinking? >> i do remember thinking the
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guy in the other seat, why doesn't he say something? i mean -- >> could other people see? >> the guy in the seat across the aisle could see. and i kept thinking well maybe the stewardess is going to come and he'll stop. but she never came. >> do you know how long that went on for? >> not real long. no. no. i would say just about, what, 15 minutes? that's long enough. >> that's a long time. >> yeah. >> did he actually kiss you? >> yeah. yeah. >> on the face? on the lips? >> wherever he could find a landing spot, yes. >> and, i mean, 15 minutes is a very long time. >> well, you know, it seemed like forever. so, but, i got up, got my bag, and i went back to the coach section. and i went all the way back to the tail of the airplane. the last seat in the last aisle. and sat down.
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>> to discuss all this is our cnn political commentator and vice chair of the new york state democratic party christine quinn and cnn political commentator and former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski. great to have both of you. when you hear jessica leeds' account there of what happened to her on the plane? >> it's hard for me to say if -- >> i'm just asking your opinion. >> my concern is this alleged incident took place 37 years ago and there are some of the details that she remembers so vividly, but then when you look back at it, she hasn't even told us what city she was flying from. that's a minor detail. she knows the type of plane 707. minor details. my concern is that, you know, then she talks about her second interaction with donald trump two years later, at a humane society event. and talks about specifically the language that was used there. when they asked her when did this event take place? she said it was about 1979. the spring, the fall, maybe the fall. >> so you expect people to remember an exact date --
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>> you know what i think -- >> more than -- >> i think if you want to come forward 37 years later, talk about an incident that took place that changed your life, which i think an incident like this if it took place would have changed her life you would know the details, you would know the city you were coming from, you would know the type of year it was and you would remember these things because it was so profound. so life changing. that it's something you can never forget. >> to we've heard this from other people besides corey that that's what -- into her account? >> first i just want to say, and i've done work in a lot of different ways with survivors of sexual assault during my career, one of their biggest fears, one of the biggest reasons they don't come forward is after having been victimized they're worried they're going to be victimized again. and that victimization starts by people not believing them. people basically, even in polite ways, even in calm ways, calling them liars. and this incident did happen a long time ago. but crime victims and crime
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survivors remember things in -- in -- in different ways than you remember a lunch 20 years ago. different things stick in their minds, and different things come back in different ways. you're dealing with a trauma. and any person with any kind of psychological or psychiatric knowledge will tell you that traumas get remembered and pushed down and forgotten and remembered in different ways than other memories. and i think if you listen to miss leeds' interview she's clear that she doesn't remember in bright, white light everything. but she's also very clear what happened. and last night after being on anderson cooper i had the opportunity to talk to some of miss leeds' friends in the green room. they had been suggesting she come forward for quite some time. and she didn't want to. >> right. >> but the tape, and his answer to anderson, is one of those triggering moments for survivors that can compel them forward and
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that shouldn't be dismissed. >> yeah. >> and this kind of picking apart is what we've done to sexual assault survivors for decades. >> and that leads me to my next point, did you believe i mean the parallels between the accusers of bill clinton and the accusers of donald trump are notable. did you believe those women when they came forward? >> you know, to be honest, it was a different time in my life. i hadn't done crime victim's work and it was in a different place. i think anybody -- that said, anybody who comes forward and says that something like this has happened to them should be believed -- >> so now you're inclined to believe bill clinton's accusers as well? >> i think people need to be believed. and then if ever we find that an accuser has made it up, regardless of who they're accusing, that is also a terrible thing. but i believe you need to start with believing the victim. but let's -- >> on both sides. >> let's not forget -- right and what you're looking for her is consistency and i get that. but let's also remember, donald
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trump didn't believe the women who accused bill clinton. he was very clear and strong in that -- >> the record as saying that he was on bill clinton's side while all of that was happening. mike pence, vp nominee, was just on a different morning show and he talked about these accusations and what is going to happen today. so let me play that for you. >> i have a lot of respect for the first lady and the job that she's done for the american people over the last 7 1/2 years. but, i don't understand the basis of her claim. donald trump -- >> you don't believe his language was sexually predatory? >> well, no, i already spoke about my concerns about the language he used in that eleven-year-old video. but -- but the -- what he's made it clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part. but that there were no actions and that he's categorically denied these latest unsubstantiated allegations. frankly i think even before the day is out there will be more evidence publicly that shows, and calls into question these
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latest allegations. it -- >> before the day is out there will be evidence that calls into question these allegations. what do you think that's going to be corey? >> look i think if you see one particular incidence where they talk about an interaction between melania trump and avery porter, firsthand account and melania trump has now come out and said not only did that never happen but the paper, the -- the article that was written was never fact checked -- >> "people" magazine let me tell our viewers, "people" magazine reporter who said that donald trump attacked her when melania was pregnant. melania -- in 2005, melania went up to do an outfit change when this reporters was being interviewed joint interview with both of them and then months or a year later, this reporter encountered melania on the street who melania greeted her very warmly and asked why this reporter hadn't been around. we now know the back story is because she had been accosted by donald trump. melania says she -- >> allegedly. >> allegedly. right allegedly accosted. but that's what she says. and melania says that moment on the sidewalk didn't happen.
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so is that the evidence -- >> no, it's not. but it's a classic first person example. look "the new york times" in march wrote a story about all of these women who were after donald trump and then they went person after person after person and found out that what "the new york times" wrote was factually inaccurate. there was no retraction. and what you see today is "the new york times" again, you know, what is the due diligence that they've done on any of these? you know they have a -- a -- an individual who tells a story -- >> and they have people who contemporaneously at the time they told the story to. >> i think what you're doing is you're taking your newspaper, putting it on the front page and driving a story that you don't know to be factually accurate. it's an accusation at best. you have the response from the accusation which you pick leshed 24, 48 hours later and now you're continuing to give light to a story that on the other side of this has not been discussed at all. >> this is -- first of all, last night trump supporters corey and others were criticizing the "times" for not putting it out quickly enough. now they're criticizing the
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"times" for not taking enough time to substantiate it. so it's just anything to try to distract from now numerous women, numerous women, over a period -- a long period of time, different women, following on donald trump throughout this campaign saying sexist and misogynistic things. they just want to divert, attack the messenger, and attack the victims and call them untrue liars. and this really speaks to could this man, with this type of behavior in his own words, and these type of allegations, be a president of the united states for everyone, including women and girls, including the one out of five girls who are sexually assaulted -- >> isn't the larger issue here corey that every day that your candidate spends defending this or talking about it is a day that he loses? >> look i think if i were there i'd be telling donald trump to be on the offense. let's talk about hillary clinton where she has said she's for open borders. let's talk about the fact that she's got a public persona and private persona -- >> why wouldn't you be talking -- >> those are the issues.
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>> -- that donald trump wants to change? i mean why talk about -- >> that is the issue. that's immigration. right? immigration is a clear dichotomy in this race on immigration. donald trump wants to build a wall. hillary clinton has said now privately which she never admitted to, she's for open borders, right? hillary clinton has said i'm against wall street but we find out from her private speeches she says you're the best to regulate wall street. >> are we going to hear this from donald trump today? >> i don't know what you're going to hear from donald trump today. talking about the failures of hillary clinton and what she said privately. hillary clinton has said recently i wish all of my e-mails could be released. every time we see more e-mails from podesta she has more and more problems. >> one, there's been clear statements, and evidence that some of the podesta -- the e-mails that were released have been doctored. but two -- >> so it is true -- number of the misdemeanor ills particularly one from donna brazile which she said she never sent. let's go back to the issue here. he keeps talking about pillory's private and public persona. we saw a real glimpse into donald trump's alleged private persona on that tape when he
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didn't know he was being taped. and you know what? you really are what you say and what you say when you don't think people are watching. >> i agree. >> and we saw that. >> deplorables, people living -- >> she said that in a room of 1,000 people. >> -- people living in their basement? >> the deplorables -- >> which she now had to retract. >> but she said that in a room -- >> but bernie sanders said -- >> it doesn't matter -- she wants to be a representative of all the people. but hundreds of millions of people are deplorable because they support donald trump? >> first of all she didn't -- >> we're going back in time. let's see what happens today. the news cycle has moved past what you're talking about right now. but obviously will give us more material. >> and how could he be the president -- >> that's the end. >> thank you for all the women he promoted in his own business. >> oh, please. >> chris? >> less than four weeks to go. where does the race stand? we're going to ask someone who's been in the thick of it. former massachusetts governor in
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at business.ny.gov 25 crazy days until we find out who will be the next president. we hope. we hope that we figure it out 25 days from now. both candidates say this election is bigger than they are. you know what? they're right. let's discuss why with former
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governor of massachusetts, mr. michael dukakis. in 1988 he was the democratic nominee for president of the united states, wound up losing to george h.w. bush. he joins us now. governor, good to have you with us. >> chris, good to be with you. although, i suspect i speak for a lot of americans when i say that i can't wait until this election is over. >> except when it ends -- >> this is really bizarre. >> when it ends, governor, it won't be over, is my suggestion. because this is definitional what we're going through in this election right now. it's not incrementalism as some elections often are. this seems to be as much about who you want as what you want. what do you believe the stakes are? >> well, i'm not sure it's -- it's that different or that earth shattering. we've already heard about joe mccarthy in the '50s, who was a terrible guy, and was a terrible period, chris. vietnam was a divisive issue, divided families, divided
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communities, and we went through all of that and finally emerged out of it. and we'll -- we'll do the same in this case. but, it hasn't been fun. it's been a bizarre election in many ways, bizarre campaign. and believe me, it will be great when it's over. >> why so confident that the country just moves on afterwards? mccarthy was never nominee for president. we've never had anybody who has ascended through so much obstacles the way trump has. you know, remember, it's unprecedented that he made it through that field of 16. he didn't have the party on his side. you know, for all this talk of the hacked e-mails on the clinton side, imagine if we saw the gop e-mails about what they were saying about donald trump and yet, there he is. and largely, because of what he's tapped into, which is a real anger at the status quo which for many is personified by hillary clinton. they have it wrong about her. >> look, i've known hillary clinton for 30 years.
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she's a thoughtful, decent, caring person. i don't recognize this cartoon that the folks that are opposed to her have created of her. she's devoted herself, especially to kids. and i've worked with her, kitty and i have worked with her. we know her to be a person who has real values, and cares deeply about this country. and you know, one of the things that happens in campaigns is that it becomes a kind of story line. i mean, i was the bloodless technocrat. look, i have my strengths and my weaknesses. i don't think anybody in massachusetts will tell you that mike dukakis is a bloodness technocrat. but that was the thing that kind of developed. and it's developed in her case as well. but we know her. like her. have worked with her. and i think she'll be a fine president. >> you think that if she was running against a less controversial, less of a gaffe machine, republican, if it had
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been kasich, if it had even been rubio, or even jeb bush, you think hillary clinton would be in the lead right now? >> it would be a contest. but i got to tell you, i'm not impressed with any of those folks. i don't think they would be great presidents or great leaders. there's nothing about their backgrounds that tell us that they would be. but it would be a contest. what it would be, however, is a contest in which issues and ideas and the country's future would be debated and discussed. the way you want a campaign to discuss them. and we wouldn't be talking about the sexual hab its of this head case what's running for -- won the republican nomination is running for the presidency. i think the guy's pathological to tell you the truth. >> he says -- >> and every day that goes by seems to reinforce that. >> he says that what seems like craziness, or pathology to some is actually the truth. and the reason that he gets called that or even sociopathic, carl bernstein just called him
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is because people like you and carl represent the establishment. and you're trying to keep the people you like in power, and he represents the rest of america. that this is why everyone's going after him. >> i don't know what he's talking about. i have no idea what he's talking about. i'm a very proud greek american who came out of an immigrant tradition. your family was the same. your dad was a remarkable guy and a great example of that immigrant tradition. what is he talking about? what is he talking about? i'm teaching kids now, taught for 25 years at northeastern university, and 23 at ucla, they're wonderful kids, many of them children, grandchildren of immigrants. they're going to be great americans. they are great americans. i have no idea what kind of reality this guy lives in. >> what do you say to the voter -- >> i think he's dead wrong. >> what do you say to the voter who says, it's just a setup
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against me. in washington, nothing gets done. they just take care of each other there. it's about the elites, versus people like me, who are working check to check trying to take care of my family. they only take care of themselves. what do you say to that voter who numbers in the many millions in this country about why hillary clinton isn't more of the same? >> i tell them that i'm a guy, greek kid from boston, who managed to get elected governor of the state three times, to be the nominee of his party for the presidency of the united states. there's no country in the world where you'd see this happen. i don't think anybody's ever accused me, chris, of being part of the establishment. i've been a reformer all my life. i worked hard to change my state and it needed a lot of changing, and it is a great state these days. it was not a great state when i first went into politics and i'd like to think i contributed to that. and these days i teach because i want to inspire these kids that i'm teaching, and they're terrific, to go into public service themselves.
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and i believe deeply in it. and they believe deeply in it. and it's one of the things that inspires me these days. i really mean this. and i hope it will be possible to convince lots and lots of americans that that's the system at its best. i see it at its best. i saw it at its best. yes i lost the presidency, very disappointing. my fault, nobody else's. but this is a great country. and it's the most open political system in the world. and i think we've just got to do a better job of convincing some doubting americans, and i can understand their doubts, especially in parts of the country which are not sharing in our prosperity. we've got to convince them in the best possible way and respond to their concerns and their needs and i think we can do so. but we're going to have to get by the next 25 days to make it happen. >> hmm. governor dukakis. thank you very much for joining us on "new day" as always. appreciate it.
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one week ago, that access hollywood tape surfaced showing donald trump making lewd comments about women, and bragging about what many see as sexual assault. so where is the race today? let's get the bottom line with cnn political analyst david gregory. hi, david in >> hello there. >> so, after a year and a half of this crazy presidential race and all the inflammatory language that we've heard, has this been the watershed week? >> well, i think hillary clinton is in a commanding position to win the presidency at this stage. if you look at the polling, she's up in north carolina, she's up narrowly in ohio, she's winning big in pennsylvania, the path for donald trump is so narrow, indeed, he certainly is not doing much to court the kinds of swing voters that he would need, namely women,
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college educated voters. he seems to be going down an ever darker path. plus i think this whole notion of an october surprise was actually not a surprise. it was the full donald trump in his full vulgar form and that's what we've seen in the past week. and he's doubling down on it by talking about a global conspiracy and going after the media and all these things. great fodder but hate the media, hate hillary clinton, just not the way you win the presidency. >> also, other than the recent accusations, you know, those of us who have been harder on trump for the last year or so have been saying it's all out there. this is all from his past. you know, it was just about what the curiosity level was for the media versus the entertainment value of the actual candidate. that takes us to michelle obama. the influence of her speech yesterday is this lefty fawning or a clear-eyed assessment that may actually move the needle? >> i think michelle obama has been an incredibly effective surrogate. i think in many ways her speech
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was a speech that went beyond partisan differences. because i don't think we're locked in partisan differences in this campaign. you know the effective ad by the clean team about our children watching and what do they make of this? i have an 11-year-old daughter who asked me before the last debate, daddy what is groping? i said oh, great you're watching the news again. don't you know the risk of following presidential politics, it's gross. and i think what she was effectively saying is that this is the legacy of this campaign that we're left with. and it speaks to people in a kind of a base level of human decency about this campaign and what people worry about. so i think she's had an effect to really speak to people and by the way this is not just speaking to the left. i mean, again, these are women who cut across all political barriers, college educated women, republican women, swing voters, i think she's really speaking to those, and has really emerged in many ways as the most effective surrogate that hillary clinton could have at this point. >> david i want to ask you about what you think of the legacy of this campaign. because why does it seem to be
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the treatment of women will become the legacy rather than the economy, jobs, immigration, all of the other things that people care about? >> well that's a really good point alisyn. and i actually -- i think that will be a big piece of it. and i think it will be a big piece of it because it has dominated the final months. i mean we're not talking about these other issues. we're talking about, you know, claims of sexual assault and things that he's bragged about throughout the course of this campaign and the course of his adult life. but i actually think for a lot of voters, what will loom bigger is not that it will be the flirtation with authoritarianism. that donald trump has engaged in. a fawning for vladimir putin. a threat to persecute and jail his political opponent. a threat to open up the libel laws against the news media. these are really dangerous things. and i think if you look -- there's a new fox poll out this morning that shows not only trustworthiness but again temperament. does he have the temperament to be president? a majority, over 60% say that donald trump does not.
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that he's not qualified to be president. really these past couple of months have been mostly about where we started. is this guy up for the job? does he have the temperament to be president? is he qualified to be president? he has never gotten over that hump. and there's no indication that he's going to even try to. because somewhere in his mind he this he can just this scorched earth thing is either going to set him up for the post election phase of whatever he wants to do to lead a kind of you know populist movement keep it going maybe turn it into a new media network we'll see what it is. but i do think that his effect on republicanism, and republicans' behavior with regard to their own party, that's going to be a big legacy here. because it's not just going to end on election day. there will be difficulties for hillary clinton has a result of this campaign and how the country has been divided. how the republican party has been divided and the republican party is going to have a lot of work to do, as well. >> mike pence,ese a guy who came into this as being the stable one. the one that could be worked
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with. that that's strong conservative center. but he's had to make compromises with himself. and he made perhaps the biggest one this morning saying that proof is going to come out that these allegations are not true. about donald trump. what do you make of that? >> i think mike pence is positioning himself now as a loyal surrogate. i think mike pence is obviously an ambitious politician who would like to set himself up to run in four years. and mike pence wants to try to retain his credibility within the party and his credibility as a conservative by the way but also set himself up to be able to court these trump voters. there's a lot of conservatives like him who i think may have to answer for the fact that you have family values conservatives who are standing behind a guy like this who even if you don't believe all these claims still talks in a way that i think would offend a lot of people. >> thank you. great to talk to you. >> the bottom line. all right you know who likes donald trump? >> who's that? >> richard nixon. true. of course he's no longer with us, may he rest in peace.
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donald trump's political aspirations nearly 30 years ago? here's the case. here's the case. a letter from nixon after trump's appearance on the phil donahue show in 1987, here's an excerpt. dear donald, i did not see the program, but mrs. nixon told me that you were great on the donahue show. as you can imagine, she is an expert on politics, and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office, you will be a winner. with warm regards, sincerely, richard. that letter just a sample of what will be available to visitors when the nixon presidential library in california reopens today. joining us now, president nixon's grandson, christopher nixon cox. it is good to see you, chris. we know that first of all congratulations on the library being reopened after renovations. and we know you share the generous assessment of trump by your grandfather. tell us why. >> well, you know, i think that this election is really a change
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election. and people are looking for a candidate that's going to grow our economy, that's going to be strong on foreign policy, and i think that donald trump will provide that to the -- to the american people. of course when you look at that letter that my grandfather wrote, he wrote that over 25 years ago. and i think he was very impressed with the charisma of donald trump, and how donald trump was able to present himself on tv. and certainly when you see the primaries and all the victories that donald trump's had in the primaries, we see a true political talent. donald trump certainly has the ability to mesmerize a crowd, to galvanize people behind him, and we've seen that play out throughout the primaries. of course the general election we'll see where things end up but my prediction is it will probably be a very close election. i think that donald trump will probably be able to make a comeback in the last few weeks. >> and what gives you that confidence? >> well, he's done it multiple times. we saw in march donald trump was down nine points. then he came back to almost tie the race. he fell behind in june, i think about seven points and again by the convention was leading after his convention.
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in august he was down but then he was back to tied in september. so you know this just seems to be the pattern of this election. as i mentioned before, 70% of americans think the country is on the wrong track. they're looking for a changed candidate and donald trump is clearly the candidate of change. so that's the fuel that will really power his candidacy. and i think make this a very, very tight election. >> it's not policy that's holding trump back, though, right? this election has descended into a power of who is the less bad person. that's why both their negatives are so high. you think your grandfather would have gotten behind donald trump knowing what people now know about him? >> you know, i think it's -- it's -- you know, of course i don't want to speak for my grandfather. i know that he would be a supporter of the republican nominee because he would feel that the republican nominee or donald trump in this case would be supporting freedom for the american people. and what i mean by that is lower taxes, reducing spending, and then having a strong foreign policy. those are the tenets of the republican party. that's what donald trump will
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represent, and he would be for the republican nominee. and he would be advising donald trump. and i think today, we really need my grandfather's advice. he was such an expert on foreign affairs. he knew china better than anyone. and when you look at the threats facing us around the world today, the threats in north korea. the threats in syria. that's where my grandfather could provide so much advice to donald trump. and he -- he would say to trump -- he would be a great adviser. i have no doubt about that. >> and also your grandfather, correct me if i'm wrong, 3w4r50e6d in the power of political rhetoric. and the power of the rhetoric to be aspirational. you have the bully pulpit and you can inspire voters. do you think that the rhetoric we have heard in this presidential race would meet your grandfather's standards of aspirational? >> you better say no, chris. you know that's the only answer to that question. >> it's certainly been a very tough election in terms of rhetoric. but you know, i think when you look at what donald trump has done on his side. his voters are very motivated to
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get out and vote. certainly the enthusiasm is with donald trump's side. so you know, he's certainly done something to motivate his voters. but i think that my grandfather would certainly hope that the debates in the days ahead would turn towards policy more, and focus on the issues that are confronting the nation. because we know, a nuclearizing korean peninsula is a very dangerous situation. russia invading crimea and taking land from a sovereign country for the first time since world war ii is a very dangerous situation. isis -- >> your grandfather would have had a field day with trump on those two issues because he's certainly not where your grandfather would have been. let me ask you something on a personal note. the library is reopening. that's got to be a proud moment for the family. but for all of the aspersions and the negativity about what happened with your grandfather while he was in office with watergate what does the family most proud about when it comes to remembering the legacy of your grandfather? >> you know, we're so proud of all the accomplishments that he
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had, both domestically and in foreign policy. of course, everyone knows about the opening to china, which was a major diplomatic breakthrough. and that achievement still echoes through history today. but not as many people know that my grandfather started title ix equalizing funding between men's and women's athletics or he started the epa or osha. even on his civil rights record he start add affirmative action in 1969 in philadelphia and he desegregated southern schools and provided assistance to minority owned businesses. those are all part of the record that not many people know about and we want people to come to the nixon library. it's opening today. we want people to come and examine that record more. and get to know the great things that my grandfather has done for this country. and we think that this new library gives all sorts of interactive exhibits where you can see my grandfather's thinking, and you can make decisions alongside of him. and we think that that's really something that's quite exciting and hopefully sheds some new light on richard nixon's legacy. >> sounds like it will be a
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great visit to learn more about history. christopher nixon cox thanks so much for sharing your perspective on the race with us. >> thank you so much. >> great to have you. >> how about a little hero action? we can use all of that we can get right now. we want to tell you about one of the cnn heroes taking on national bullying month. matthew kaplan started up a one of a kind program when he realized his little brother was being made fun of. in the past five years he shared his powerful message with nearly 5,000 middle school kids across the country. here's a taste. >> the term peer pressure is thrown around a lot. and usually when it is, it's meant as a negative thing. but i believe that we could actually harness peer pressure for good. what if it was cool to be kind. and that's what positive peer pressure is all about. creating this culture where bei being inclusive and being kind is the norm. >> to see matthew's positive peer pressure program in action
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man: ...and keep improving california's schools. woman: vote yes on prop 55 to help our children thrive. we want to tell you about this rare operation to separate twin brothers conjoined at the head. these 13-month-old boys are now apart for the first time in their lives. doctors went in to the o.r. yesterday at 7:30 a.m., and one of the boys is still in surge very. it's still ongoing. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has been at the hospital the entire time and he joins us live now from the montefiore medical center. wow this puts everything else in life in perspective. tell us about this operation. >> well, you know, it is a once in a lifetime sort of thing. there's no question about it. identify never seen anything quite like this. most people haven't.
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because these types of conjoined twin that we're talking about, craniopagus twin very rare. as you mentioned one of the boys still being operated on. that's in the operating room right next to me. and that makes it the longest conjoined twin operation that this doctor, dr. goodrich has ever performed. he's one of the world's experts on these types of operations. so, it's a remarkable thing you have, you know, dozens of people in the operating room, neurosurgeons, reconstructive surgeons, radiologists, obviously the nursing team, so it's just a very full -- i don't know if you're seeing any of those images alisyn. just a remarkable thing. as you mentioned at about 16 or 17 hour mark that's when the twin were actually separated. spontaneous applause broke out into the operating room and then they go through the process of reconstructing the head putting the bone back. putting the skin back.
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trying to make it all work. >> montefiore where you are, they're known for this kind of surgery, but this whole group of this collection of talents in there, what is the orchestration like for you to watch all of these different disciplines come into play? it is really, really extraordinary, chris. and as you mentioned this is a place that is known for this type operation. dr. james goodrich, again, one of the leading experts in the world travels around the world doing this operation. i want to show you something here, besides all the doctors, that gives you the idea of the sort of planning that goes into it. this is a three dimensional model. anatomically correct model and a model that was used in the operating room for the operat n operation. and you can actually see the two boys, you can see how they're conjoined and you can actually see what is the most difficult part of the operation, these blood vessels in here. >> holy cow. >> to be able to see it like this before the operation is
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even performed makes a huge difference in terms of outcomes. and that's part of the planning that goes into something like this. it takes months, maybe years of planning, makes a huge difference. >> oh, my gosh, sanjay, wow. that is an eye opener. we're prague for the little boy. >> jaden is now out, anias is still having his individual surgery done. >> please keep us posted thanks so much for bringing us all the latest on the surgery. >> and god bless those parents. you know. for the strength they've needed. >> we need a little laughter in our lives. your late night laughs, next. in♪ ♪and if you want to be free, be free♪ ♪'cause there's a million things to be♪ ♪you know that there are ♪and if you want to be me, be me♪ ♪and if you want to be you, be you♪ ♪'cause there's a million things to do♪
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it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how. are you going to dance or are you going to read? >> that was my friday dance. >> no surprise here. look at you respecting the prompter call for once. wow. so the 2016 race i mean there's just so much comedic relief. how about a taste for your friday. >> please. >> five women have now come forward to accuse donald trump of inappropriately touching, or kissing them as recently as 2005. said trump, i would never do that and anyone who says i would is me on tape on a bus with billy bush. >> big story today is that trump said he's preparing a lawsuit against "the new york times" for his recent articles about him. trump says what they're doing is wrong and he's also one lawsuit
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away from a free one on his lawyer's account. >> i got a personal e-mail from mr. donald j. trump who offered me, as you'll see, an exclusive trump presidential black box. at my inauguration next year there will be upwards of 1 million people there but only a few will have presidential black cards. that's right. for a one-time initiation fee of $35 you, too, can own a card that has no benefits or rewards whatsoever. >> is this how he's reaching out to the black community, with the card? >> have a great weekend, everyone. "newsroom" with poppy harlow in for carol costello picks up right now. >> good morning. have a wonderful weekend. welcome, everyone. "newsroom" starts now. good friday morning i'm poppy harlow in today for a friend carol costello. a lot of news to get to this hour. we begin with politi

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