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electoral process rigged against him. with assault allegations, still dogging him. "people" magazine is offering new evidence trump forced ohio valley a reporter. and tonight ivanka trump is breaking her silence. what is she saying about the lewd reporting rocking her father's campaign? not based on facts. president obama slams trump's allegation of a rigged election, accusing the gop nominee of whining before the game is even over. the president said trump is inventing a conspiracy theory. is he also weakening the country with his claim? e-mail insults. stolen molls reveal behind the scenes clashes and sniping by top democratic officials, clinton advisers and even chelsea clinton. now they're revealing surprising names that were floated for a possible clinton running mate. which famous business leaders made the list? and debate gamble. clinton and trump roll the dice ahead of the las vegas debate,
inviting guests each candidate hopes will unnerve the other. clinton will have two billionaires in her corner. highlighting about trump's real net worthwhile trump will bring a mother whose son died in the benghazi attack. will there be any surprise guests? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> the breaking news this hour, donald trump is raising new allegations that the presidential election is rigged against him. he is specifically citing alleged voting fraud and singling out 70s like philadelphia where he says horrendous things are happening. er he is saying flatly, he doesn't believe it. president obama is responding to trump's claims of a rigged election saying trump is quote,
whining before the game is even over. the president said the allegations are not based on facts and he warns they could undermine faith in the u.s. political system. all of this comes on the eve of the final presidential debate tomorrow night in las vegas. we're covering all of that this hour with our guest. a member of the intelligence committee. and our correspondents is that expert analysts are also standing by. let's begin with a trump campaign. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is in colorado where trump has been holding rallies ahead of tomorrow's debate. trump is new allegations of a rigged election and voter fraud. he is also singling out cities with large african-american populations like philadelphia and chicago. what's the latest? >> that's right. donald trump is continuing to say that this election is being rigged against him. but there is now more evidence of sexual misconduct against donald trump than there is of
voter fraud. with his crowds channelling tell the truth to the national news media, donald trump is the case day after day that the fix is in. to trig election and guarantee a hillary clinton victory. >> this is an election about truth. and you're not going to get it from the dishonest media. >> trump maintains the media are in on the conspiracy by saying the real estate tie could not sexually abused them. ? they take things and statements and put in it. from 30 years ago, 20 years ago. by the way, just so you understand, to be very clear. events that never happened. >> but "people" magazine now says six people have come forward to corroborate claims from one of the publication's reporters, natasha stoynoff. >> she believes her husband and blames the hot mike moment that
generates the accusations of assault on billy bush. >> they were kind of a boy talk and he was lead on like egg on. >> and trump's daughter broke her silence saying my father's comments were clearly insxroemt offensive and i'm glad he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family. >> if we let the cartel, and remember this, history will record that 2017 was the year that america lost, truly lost its independence. >> trump is painting a dark picture of what will happen and he is saying election officials are allowing just about anyone from the dead to the undocumented to cast a ballot. >> they have rigged it from the beginning by telling totally false stories. most reasonably phony allegations. where i have been under constant
attack. >> the truth is that multiple studies have shown voter fraud is extremely rare. a loyolaa law school study found there were just 31 cases of voter fraud out of 1 billion votes. the scandals the at a critical time when republicans would rather focus on clinton's e-mail saga. >> this is worse than watergate. >> democrats note it is trump who has reportedly cozied up to vladimir putin who is reportedly which involved with the election. they said it should give republicans pause. >> degree to which he appears to model any of his policies, and approaches to politics mr. putin, is unprecedented in american politics. >> trump has his own issues with top gop leaders including paul ryan who said he will vote for trump but will no longer defend him. he is eyeing 2020.
>> maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn't know how to win. >> and donald trump unveiled a new theme for his campaign saying he wants to drain the swamp in washington, d.c. he backed it up by saying he wants congressional term limits in washington. and he is sowing more seeds of doubt. he encouraged the crowd to stop trusting the main stream media and instead just read the internet. >> all right. thank you. jim acosta. knile clinton campaign is grappling with the steady drip of stolen e-mails by wikileaks. it was president obama going after donald trump today. not hillary clinton. >> that's right. hillary clinton arrived here just moments ago. she is off the campaign trail yet again. she is going directly to another round of debate preparations, i'm told with her team of advisers whom she was flying here with. that's the reason president
obama took his turn taking on trump today. he blasted him for calling the election rigged and he accused him of being a whiner. >> hillary clinton arriving in nevada tonight for her final face to face showdown with donald trump. staying off the campaign trail and above the fray, president obama weighing in from the rose garden. taking aim at trump and the talk of a rigged election. >> i would advice trump to stop whining and try on make this case to get votes. >> on the eve of the third presidential debate, aides say she is bracing for the toughest tangle yet. they believe trump is becoming increasingly desperate. and in st. louis, starting without a hand shake kosh escalate in las vegas wednesday night. since the last meeting, trump spiraling among republicans but new questions for clinton, too. on hacked campaign e-mails revealing one calculation after another and paid speech think to goldman sachs showing a friendly approach to wall street and whether the state department
pressed the fbi to return e-mails, retroactively classifying to the original unclassified setting. it was here in las vegas one year ago when clinton breathed a sigh of relief on her e-mails. >> enough of the e-mails. let's talk about the real issues. >> thank you, bernie. >> yet three weeks before election day, it is hardly behind her. advisers tell cnn that clinton devoted considerable time many debate practice to put to rest the lingering controversy over e-mail and serious questions about her honesty and trustworthiness. >> it is a rigged system. you have to say, we figured it out, right? we figured it out. >> the president stopping just shy of mocking trump. >> whenever it goes badly for you, you start blaming somebody else. then you don't have to what it
takes to be in this job. >> democrats are trying on run up the score making new investments in red states like arizona, georgia and utah, and trying cap you are control of the senate by winning seats in indiana and missouri. all this as democrats are still dealing with the fallout from john podesta's stolen e-mails. another batch published today on wikileaks revealed nancy pelosi's reluck attention to back clinton. hrc asked for her endorsement and she didn't say yes. she said she felt it was a nonanswer. he applied that's frustrating but i think she will get big kudos for asking. the endorsement came nearly a year later after clinton's primary fight with bernie sanders. the hacked e-mail shows bernie sanders was also the subject of scorn. podesta writing, can you believe that doofus bernie attacked it? >> now that doofus is an example of a good soldier.
he is campaigning tonight in arizona, holding two events there, a state they are trying to make even more competitive. i talked to senator sanders, asking him about that language. he said frankly he was surprised wasn't worse because that primary was heated and competitive. >> see you there tomorrow. thank you. let's get more on all of this. adam schiff from california. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> so these newly published stolen wikileaks show nancy pelosi's reluctance to back hillary clinton. do these showily show real cracks in the support of hillary clinton in this, a critical time when she needs to get people out to vote? >> no. i don't think so.
i think if you steal e-mails from a campaign, that was a hard fought campaign as that campaign was. there have been so many of them. donald trump shows the ability time after time to step on his own message. so no, i don't think they're doing real damage. the other broader point which troubles me far more is the fact that the release of these e-mails is playing into the russians' hands. they have stolen these e-mails, many others. they're purposely dumping them. and then you have trump once again doubling down, trippling down on his admiration for clinton and calling on wikileaks to release more stolen e-mails. the more bizarre specter of a gop nominee. to embrace the kremlin that is hacking into democraticness institutions and enter fierce with our election. >> can you confirm that russia
is behind the wikileaks of these podesta e-mails? >> i can only say that the hacking of these, the release of them, fit perfectly within the russian method and the motivations. so i think it is pretty plain what the russians are seeking to do here, the administration has acknowledged the russian hacking and its role in the manipulation of the date, in terms of dumping it is pretty clear on its face. and that represents an unprecedented interference. it ought to be shunned by both parties but instead you have this bizarre specter of a nominee embracing the brazen theft by a foreign and hostile power. >> the director of homeland security and i believe you as well have all said public reply
russia is definitely behind the cyber attacks and the democratic national committee, the party institutions. colin powell's e-mails as well. but you're not ready to go as far as saying the wikileaks are concerned? >> well, before i make any acknowledgement, it is something that we have to make sure that we vet. and that takes time. frankly, i don't know that there will be time between now and the end of this cycle to do that. but i do think it is very important for the american people to know what has already been acknowledged. that is, russia is trying to interfere in our elections. plainly they have a preferred candidate here. and that is a deeply dangerous thing. it is not something to be embraced by either party. neither party should make itself an accomplice to this. >> so why do you believe putin, and i suspect you do believe, why do you believe putin wants donald trump to be the next
president of the united states? >> well, i think there are two reasons. first, trump has demonstrated time and time again that he is supportive of russian positions on things can are deeply against u.s. interests. trump has said, for example, that he might acknowledge and recognize russia's illegal annexation of crimea. that he might do away with the sanctions on russia. he has embraced putin's authoritarian manner. and he has belittled nato. for all these reasons, the russians have to love a trump candidacy. but more than that, it is about our democracy. the best way for him to deflect criticism for doing that is to point at the united states and say, their democracy is in disarray. the fix is in in the united states and it is a perfect compliment to the trump campaign message right now, which is that the election is somehow going to be rigged.
so trump once again playing into russian hands in a way that is so deeply damaging to his own country. >> are you confident, congressman, that the russians won't try on hack into the overall election system, the voting, if you will on november 8? and having an impact on the outcome? >> i don't think it can have an impact on the actual outcome because our state systems are so different and disparity. what worries me is that the, we've seen the russians do this in europe. it is not beyond either their capabilities or what they have done in practice. to get a last-minute dump e-mails that contain fabricated e-mails that are widely reported in the press ask there isn't enough time to fact check and demonstrate the forgery. >> have you confirmed any of the
e-mails released over the last two weeks by wikileaks are fabricated or doctored? >> i'm not in a position to do that. i would have to compare what whatever the originals were and the released e-mails are. i don't know that known is in a position to do that. this is again why it is so dangerous to encourage this kind of meddling as donald trump seems to be doing. >> i want to you stand by. there is a big debate. the third and final presidential debate tomorrow night. we'll talk about that and more right after this. (vo) combine the right things. and something amazing happens. that's our inspiration for fancy feast medleys. wild salmon primavera. tastes amazing. also in pate. fancy feast medleys.
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election. the polls that show hillary clinton leading the race nationally. trump says and i'm quoting him now, i don't believe the polls anymore. he is campaigning tonight in colorado just ahead of the final debate with hillary clinton tomorrow night las vegas. we're back with congressman adam schiff from california. the top democrat on the intelligence committee. congressman, why isn't hillary clinton out on the campaign trail more? could that be hurting her? over the past several days she's been silent, she's been preparing for the debate. >> no. i don't think so at all. these debates have been quite pivotal. i think nothing has changed the trajectory other than that released audio tape in the last month. so she is wise to spend the time in preparation. donald trump should have spent the time in preparation. and she doesn't probably have to be out there as much when donald trump is out there every day, basically shooting himself in the foot. so i think she has adopted the right approach. i know she will do well tomorrow and she has to stand up to the
bully that he is. and i think also try to help restore credibility in the election process with all of these anti-american sentiment that's donald trump is expressing, trying to cast doubt on the very credibility of our democracy. >> should democrats be expanding the map right now, for example, focusing on arizona, a state the democrats haven't won in a long time or should the clinton campaign be focusing its efforts on those key states they really need to sfwhin is there a risk of losing focus? >> there's always a rick but at this point, the clinton team is wise to be expanding the terrain, to be going after states that are very difficult for democrats but are now within the possibility of winning in this campaign. it helps not only expand the playing field for both sides but also, it helps the senate campaign candidates. it helps the house candidates.
it will hopefully improve the ability of secretary clinton if she is successful in the election to work with congress and get more things done. so i think it makes a lot of stoenls expand the playing field. >> be honest with this next question. do you think it is realist pick the democrats have a shot at becoming the majority in the house of representatives? they need a net gain of 30 seats. >> honestliering with would need a very big wave for this but a very big wave appears to be taking form. we usually don't have this much notice that a wave is taking shape. but all the indications are when you look at the incredible support for democrat candidates, and the generic ballot he contest. we're at a historic high of about 7 points right now. as the bottom falls out of the trump campaign, the house has become in play. and this is not just the view of democrats. it is also the republicans shifting their money and putting
it behind republicans who otherwise would have been considered eminently safe. so this is not just democratic spin but it is borne out by the polls but also by how republicans are behaving. >> what should the closing message be tomorrow night at the debate? >> i think it should be a positive one. that she has a vision for america that she wants to bring forward. that she wants to work with both parties this congress to achieve it. that she will do everything possible to put this ugly campaign behind, not only her but behind the country. roll up her sleeves get the work of the country done. i think this has been a very traumatic election for everyone. and i think the indication that she will help the healing process, i think, could be very important for people to understand that this would be part and parcel to the clinton presidency. >> congressman schiff, thank you for joining us. we're counting down to the
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donald trump saying the election is rigged. saying that dead people, undocumented immigrants are voting. how could this affect turnout? >> well, i think what he is trying to do is make his closing argument. and i think it is a strange one. but make his closing argument to his base of support. to get his supporters riled up that they need to get to the polls so that the election is not rigged against them. i think in another sense, what it could also do, and i think this worries the clinton campaign to some degree, is that it could affect their voters who might just say, the heck with this election. i am not going to go out and vote and brave polling places that might have some issues. and so you see that he has made a clear decision here, to appeal to his base and there is some feeling in the trump campaign that there are more people than
we have polled and perhaps that could get him across the finish line. >> three weeks from today. we'll see. >> he also says, trump, and these are fighting words, that the election could be stolen in cities with big urban populations, philadelphia, he mentioned st. louis, chicago. all in high african-american populations. >> it is hard to get into the mind of trump on this and the mind of his supporters. i know what african-american voters hear is that they're being scapegoated for a tilt toward democrats. here's the thing. this discussion has been going on throughout the obama years. if you're the republican party, if you're donald trump and you're getting less than 10% of the american vote, a quarter of the latino vote, a quarter of the asian vote, the thing is not pass voter i.d. restrictions, not to complain about rigging or voter fraud that study after
study says isn't there. the thing is to go out and win those votes and that's what trump is still struggling with. >> trump has just wrapped up that rally in grand central station junction, colorado. president obama minced no words today. he chastised trump about this allegation of a rigged election. i want you to listen to this. >> i have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. it is unprecedented. you start whing before the game is even over? if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else?
then you don't have what it takes to be in this job. i would advise mr. trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. >> does this get under trump's skin when he hears the president say that? that he doesn't of what it takes to be president? >> i would anticipate hillary clinton saying something along those lines. there is nothing, nothing donald trump likes less than to be diminished. to be treated like a child, like a baby and that's what they're doing here. and i think what president obama is saying is much like senator daniel patrick moynihan used to say. he said everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they're not entitled to their own facts. the fact is there are no fraudulent elections in this country. there has not been any sort of voter fraud that affects outcome of elections. and just repeating it every night in front of his adoring crowds doesn't make it true.
for donald trump. >> donald trump getting ready to board his plane. getting ready to leave grand junction, colorado. "people" magazine reporter saying that he assaulted her now has six friends, former colleagues, corroborating her story in the new issue of "people" magazine. trump meanwhile has apparently chosen not to divulge what he called evidence that would exonerate him. does this change the calculus in voters' minds? >> i'm not sure it changes the minds direct will you to anyone who believes donald trump after all of these series of instances and allegations. i think they will continue to believe him. but for people who maybe wanted to believe him, or people who desperately want change in this election and are not drawn to the clinton candidacy but can't stomach donald trump. i think this adds another layer on to that. the audience of "people"
magazine are the same people largely that donald trump is trying to go after will women. women voters. in the suburbs and elsewhere and that's exactly something, having six people come forward to corroborate this story makes it seem pretty air tight. so among his supporters, of course not. they would not believe it or if they believe it, they're not moved by it. some voters say look, we support him. he has changed in those ten years or so. but i think the demographic here that he is after, it is very troubling to him. and that's one of the reasons his campaign is in a bit of freefall. >> go haexd and do you know, wolf? that's why they put melania trump. she did as good a job as she could do defending her husband, saying she had forgiven him, and
talking about that "people" magazine story saying the part that she was involved in personally. which was meeting this reporter on the street. she said was not true. it is an indication, though, of the fact that the campaign understands the real problem that this story and all the other stories have caused them with women voters. and it is an ongoing problem for them and it is something that we'll to have look at tomorrow night to say how donald trump handles it. >> can i mention that it is not just women voters who are offended by men who sexually assault women? i think there are actually a lot of men who are offended by it as well. >> right. >> do you think, jeffrey, that they'll shake hands at the start of that debate tomorrow night? at the second debate, they didn't shake hands before it and they did at the end. >> i'm going to say the three words you're not allowed to say on cable news.
i don't know. i don't know if they'll shake hands. it will be pretty interesting. we'll see. >> i can tell you it won't be a bear hug. >> everybody stand by. we'll find out tomorrow night if they will shake hands. there's breaking news coming into the situation room. the senate's top democrat speaking out to cnn about the allegations women have made against donald trump saying donald trump has in the words of harry reid, a sickness with women. one pan, less than 30 minutes. because if they aren't going to eat it, at least you didn't spend too much time making it. campbell's one dish recipes. made for real, real life.
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senate's top democrat is speaking out about donald trump. our senior political reporter is in las vegas for tomorrow night's final presidential debate. you just interviewed the senate minority leader harry reid of nevada. what did he tell you? >> as you know, he is not known to mince words. especially when it comes to donald trump. he has become one of hillary clinton's most gref attack dogs of donald trump. he didn't hold back when asked about donald trump's latest controversies. >> he has seen the "access hollywood" video coming out with trump talking about women. what was your reaction? >> in my younger days, i was an athlete. football, baseball, of course, i was in a lot of raunchy gym when
i was fighting. and you know, no one talked that way. no one. you would be picking a fight with somebody. that stuff left us in elementary school. when you didn't understand what life was all about. we have now ten women that we know of that have come forward that we know of that he sexually assaulted them. that's a crime. >> do you think he has committed a crime? >> i don't know. you know? you have to have somebody file a complaint. you can't do it without someone doing that. these are people who are trapped. they are with this man in public places, and, like an airplane, he puts his hands under somebody's skirt on an airplane. the woman moves her seat. i mean, for me, i can't understand. i don't know about a crime but
it is kind of a sickness. >> in addition to suggesting that donald trump may have committed a crime, harry reid also criticizing donald trump's claims of election rigging attack republican leaders as well. >> the last few days, donald trump has talked about this election being rigged. he talked about voter fraud being rampant. what is your response to that? >> i've always felt that everything we can do to get people to vote, we should do it. he obviously is in a different school than i am. he wants people not to vote. i think it is so untoward for him to try to scare people into elections being rigged. i was listening to one of the leading experts, an ohio university professor said you can't rig an election. we have 50 different elections run by states. we're not centralized. it is make believe like a lot of the stuff that donald trump
says. >> now, harry reid also going after paul ryan, the house speaker for saying that he'll still endorse donald trump but not defend him saying that's a perplexing statement. and he also expressed optimism about taking back the senate majority saying they can win in red states and expressing new only mix about florida where marco rubio has had a steady lead for months. harry reid thinks it is hype. >> thanks for the good work as usual. thank you very, very much. what was your reaction? harry reid calling trump's treatment of women a sickness. >> so manu got a great interview. i think there are privately democrats who like the idea of harry reid going right after donald trump. if they step back from it they'll realize that he is making himself part of the story. getting in the way of trump getting in his own way. donald trump doesn't need any help to look bad right now and
harry reid, it doesn't serve democrats by inserting himself. >> gloer i can't borger, it is press unprecedented trying to decrease turnout before election day. isn't it? >> yeah. it is completely unprecedented. and you have had paul ryan, the speaker of the house who is no huge fan of trump, come out and say that he is fully confident in the electoral process in this country. and you've had a lot of republicans distance themselves, wolf, from this because don't forget. they have to get elected, too. if you start challenging the democratic process in this country, which is what separates us from dictatorships, then their elections are illegitimate as well. so they don't want to go down this road. they think it is fake, false. and b, because it could only
boomerang against them as well. if you have a republican in a state like ohio, say trump loses ohio and portman wins or the other way around. which is legitimate and which is illegitimate? that's difficult. and it is not anywhere any politician wants to go. it is the very basis of our democracy. >> so jeffrey tubin, how is hillary clinton preparing to answer questions about wikileaks and the e-mails. you know the subject will be raised. >> i think adam schiff, the congressman from california, gave you a good preview. i think her best defense will be a good offense. i think she will talk about how the wikileaks documents were stolen by russia. and donald trump once again is celebrating the activities of
the putin regime. i don't think there's anything substantive in the wikileaks documents, in john podesta's e-mail that is some sort of scandal she has to respond to. but i think she will turned it around and say once again, donald trump is in league with vladimir putin and let him try on explain why these documents are so terrible for hillary clinton's campaign. >> but jeff zellny, she will to have answer questions about the speeches she gave to goldman sachs, for example, the alleged transcripts have been released. let's go to your strategy as far as that is concerned. >> she will have to own up to that as well as everything else in the e-mails that we've been pouring through. i think on the speeches specifically, this flies in the face of the populist movement and feeling coursing through, not only the democrat electorate
but the republican electorate as well. i look for her to say she hand been do that at all of i think could it change into his feed argument. who knows if he'll do that. he may get caught in some other rabbit hole which we've seen him do time after time after time. but i think she will have to own up in some respects that she was addressing a different audience. and she's become a much, much more populist leftist candidate if you will in 2016 than she was in 2013 when she was giving the speeches. at $250,000 a crack to goldman sachs. >> we'll show our viewers, hold on a second. since the second debate, take a look at the numbers. these are national polls. the11. cbs up 11.
abc news washington post up four. has she reached her ceiling right now? what could happen if she has a great performance tomorrow night? what if trump has a great pmplsz tomorrow night. >> could be a game changer. could put clinton over the top or sink trump once and for all. clinton, i think she has to play some defense, not dwell on those e-mails but at least acknowledge that it is not pretty for the american people to see the sausage getting made. either in campaign or in government because trump is going to come after her on that. this is his last chance on the debate to attack her on wikileaks. she's got the play defense. >> sure is. gloria, go ahead. >> well i want to add to that. i do think hillary clinton has vulnerabilities here. she still hasn't provided a great answer to the question of how do you differ with the fbi director james comey. where she said there was no classified information that went out on these e-mails and he said
yes there was. i think she's going to have to answer questions about a potential quid pro quo. i think they tried to do that already. the thing donald trump has to do is go after her specifically on the specific issues. and he has not been very good at all at doing that. what he does is make these large generalities that he's more of the same and the status quo and that is all well and good. but he has to go after her with specifics and try and trip her up a little bit. and and he just hasn't been able do that, wolf. he either goes down the rabbit hole of his own personal issues or he just makes the larger points that we've heard over and over at rally. he has to say something a little different and approach it differently. >> but jeffrey toobin, i assume hillary clinton will try to get under his skin tomorrow night to
see if he says something that is going to be counterproductive. >> and well and i think what we have not heard is hillary clinton's view at all on all these women who have come forward since the "access hollywood" tape. what is she going to say about his sexual assault on women? that is a very target-rich environment for her. and i cannot believe she will simply avoid that issue. i think she will point out that these women keep coming forward. and the fact that this woman from people has six women -- six people corroborating her story, you know, i think you can only -- >> everybody stay with us. don't go far away. we're staying on top of this. be sure to join us tomorrow when donald trump and hillary clinton face-off for the last time before the election. cnn's coverage of the final presidential election begins tomorrow 4:00 p.m. eastern. there is breaking news coming into the situation room. u.s. special operation forces advancing on isis along with
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following break news. new details of the battle under way right now the liberate iraq's second largest city from isis control with american special operations forces playing a key role. barbara starr is working the story. what is the latest intelligence update on what's happening on the bald field? >> reporter: good evening, wolf. learning much more about what u.s. special operations forces are doing. about 200 of them with both
iraqi and kurdish peck merrick garland -- peshmerga forces. many out in the field with elite 12 man teams and providing very pre sies guidance and information for the iraqis and kurds do conduct air strikes, artillery strikes. also for u.s. forces to conduct air and artillery strikes. this is a very key test. i want to show some video our own nick payton walsh shot. appears to be forces just east of mosul move in from both the east and south. all indications are they are americans. american equipment, american uniforms. key test of the obama strategy. can you win mosul? can you get it out of isis control by advising and helping the iraqis without putting a large footprint of american troops on the ground? wolf? >> we saw that one. they looked like armored
vehicles. we saw elsa written on one of them. what is the threat right now. >> as they move closer to mosul the threat is believed to grow significantly. they haven't run into significant opposition just yet but inside mosul there may be upwards of 4,000 isis troops. and u.s. officials are saying they believe those isis troops are largely foreign fighters. some of the most zels and dedicatedalous and dedicated operatives. they are not going to give up mosesal without a fight. so the question is as u.s. and iraqi forces move closer to the city, how much will the danger grow for them? will u.s. forces be able to stay safe? >> and most analysts say it could be months, not necessarily weeks for this war to be over with. >> absolutely wolf. weeks possibly to get inside mosul. and still raqqah, isis's stronghold across the bordner syria lies ahead. >> thanks barbara very much.
once again be sure to join us tomorrow. live in las vegas for the final presidential debate between hillary clinton and donald trump. our coverage begins 4:00 p.m. eastern. thanks very much for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, the breaking news. the final face-off. donald trump has a surprise guest in tomorrow's debate. his last name? obama. and the president tells trump to stop whooining. and donald trump jr. on tape joking about a mass shooting, arabs and overweight people. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight the breaking news. the final presidential debate kicking