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how good to see you. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. "cnn newsroom" begins right now. battleground blitz. that's what we're calling it this morning. hillary clinton and donald trump zeroing in on pennsylvania, ohio, virginia today as we enter the final stretch to election day. >> here's the game plan as we know it for both candidates and the surrogates. in just a short time donald trump is going to kick off the day in gettysburg, pennsylvania,
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the site of the turning point of the civil war. trump is hoping it will serve as the turning point for him in this campaign. he's had some falling numbers in the polls that have not been good to him. >> while he's at gettysburg trump's campaign says he will outline the first 100 days in his presidency in this speech. hu hillary clinton is not giving up any ground to trump. she's making two stops today in pennsylvania. all this with just 2 1/2 weeks, 17 days until the election. we've got our team of reporters following the action for us. all throughout the morning. let's get straight to gettysburg, pennsylvania, and sundlun is there. what are we expecting today from his speech? >> well, victor, trump campaign aides say this speech will serve as trump's closing argument in the presidential race. you see behind me this is not your typical event setting for trump rally. there is not a big booming crowd around. this is a relatively intimate
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setting. clearly the trump campaign going for more serious policy focused address today. today aides say he will outline what he intends to do in the first 100 days if he goes on to win the presidency. donald trump gave a similar speech back in june this summer where he outlined eight principles, eight priorities of what he would want to do including appointing jumgs who they say will uphold the constitution, change immigration rules, repeal and replace obamacare. the campaign is promise that trump will bring some new details in policy specifics today although those have not been named yet. the setting here of course very important. no t only are the intimate setting here but donald trump giving this speech today close to the battlefield of gettysburg where president lincoln gave the gettysburg address, campaign aides say this is something he will include in his speech, talking about how lincoln tried to right the country at a time when it was very divided. >> all right. thanks so much. in the meantime, the hillary
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clinton campaign office in new york on high alert this morning after being sent an envelope that contained some sort of white powder. this was a substance that has since tested negative for anything harmful. but the new york police department is investigating the incident now along with the secret service and the office of emergency management. this statement coming to us from clinton's senior national spokesman and i quote here, the four individuals involved have reported no health issues, our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption. so back on the campaign trail hillary clinton and tim kaine putting their slogan stronger together to let's say some good use today. they're holding two joint rallies in pennsylvania. i want to bring in cnn national politics reporter m.j. lee, in new york. we just heard what's on donald trump's agenda today. what about the strategy for hillary clinton in the next 24 to 48 hours? >> reporter: we can really feel
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that we are entering the final stretch of this election. just by looking at how busy the nominees' schedules are. as you mentioned, hillary clinton is campaigning in pennsylvania today with her running mate tim kaine. they have not really campaigned a lot together so far, so that will be an interesting dynamic to watch for. she's really not taking a break this weekend either. tomorrow she heads to north carolina to campaign there. and all throughout the weekend and in the remaining 17 days of this election, hillary clinton's biggest goal is to win over the undecided voters. yesterday speaking in cleveland. she spoke directly to democrats, independents, and even republicans and she had a direct message for republicans who she said may be reconsidering their support for donald trump. take a listen to what she said. >> i want to say something to people who may be reconsidering their support for my opponent. i know you may still have questions for me. i respect that. i want to answer them.
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i want to earn your vote. i am reaching out to all americans, democrats, republicans, and independents. i think america needs every single one of us to bring our energy and our talents, our ambition, to build that better country. >> reporter: right now the hillary campaign is feeling pretty good when it comes to the map. it is seeing hillary clinton a poll ahead in key battleground states like florida, like nevada, and then in states like arizona and utah where typically republicans have tended to do well, they're also seeing those kinds of states actually become battleground states, competitive states. so we can expect her to spend time in states like arizona and utah and -- i'm sorry, it's a little windy and rainy out here -- where in past cycles, democrats may not have necessarily planned has much resources and time. the other thing i should note, of course, is that wikileaks is
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not going away. wikileaks announced it has released yet another batch of hacked e-mails. this of course has been a huge headache for the clinton campaign in the past few months. it has sort of shed some unflattering light on the campaign and has really posed a lot of questions for top aides and clinton herself to answer. so this is something that we think hillary clinton will certainly continue to have to answer to in the final days. >> that's a reporter who can keep that straight face while that umbrella is just flying -- flailing all over the place. m.j. lee, we appreciate it. good to see you this morning. take good care of yourself and this crew out there. thank you much. >> i would have shortened that answer by 30 words. >> she had something to say. >> back to you. all right. let's get to jason johnson, politics editor for theroot.comness and morgan state university. jason, good morning to you. >> good to see you guys. >> so let's talk about what we're expecting to hear from donald trump and the context of what we heard over the last
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couple of weeks. he's going to gettysburg where lincoln delivered this address that was unifying the country after the civil war there. i wonder are we going to hear donald trump talk about a rigged election in gettysburg? >> victor, i don't think he's going to talk about a rigged election in gettysburg. i think it was an interesting speech that trump was giving yesterday where he sort of added some nuance. he said, look, i know the election is rigged but i reserve my right to complain, et cetera, et cetera. i think he's reached a really interesting point in this campaign. it looks like for all practical purposes he's probably going to lose. and he's got to come to grips with the fact that either he's going to lose big or he's going to make this a competitive race all until the end. so i think we're going to see a feisty donald trump, we're going to see a focused donald trump. we're going to see a donald trump look, i'm going to go down swinging but i'm not going to get blown out of the water.
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>> it was in 1863, after the civil war. but let me focus now on joe biden. do we have the sound of joe biden from last night making some comments that have got a few people asking questions? let's watch that. >> he said because i'm famous, because i'm a star, because i'm a billionaire, i can do things other people can't. what a disgusting assertion for anyone to make. the press always ask me, don't i wish i were debating him. no i wish we were in high school so i could take him behind the gym. that's what i wish. >> suggesting he wants to fight donald trump. now, kellyanne conway said that they are suggesting there's a double standard here. if donald trump had said this, breaking news talking about bullying and physical violence.
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why is joe biden doing this? why are we hearing this from him? obviously he's passionate about this. >> one, because vice president joe biden has always been a passionate trans am in the front yard kind of guy and sort of scranton, delaware, attitude has been popular with a lot of americans both on the right and the left. here's what i think the distinction is, victor. he said i wish we were in high school, you know, kids, so i could take him out back and get into a fistfight. plus, i don't believe that any trump protesters were beaten on or attacked or abused at the rally. so i do understand how trump supporters say this is a double standard but look at the larger context of what joe biden said. if he said i want to walk up to donald trump right now and punch him in the nose in front of trump tower i would be the first person to say that was inappropriate but talking about high school days, i don't think it's that serious. >> thanks so much. talk more about this election and women. did you know that more of them are heading to the polls early and we're talking about in key
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showing that hillary has 67% and trump just 17% when it comes to who they believe would better handle women's issues. but i want to bring in jenner lynn, founder of republican women for hillary and amy cremor, cochair of women vote trump. thank you, ladies, for both of you being with us. we are seen an uptick in early vote for females in north carolina, in florida, in georgia. these are pivotal states for both of these candidates. amy, i want to start with you because there are a lot of women i'm sure who are out here watching and they don't like hillary clinton but they don't like donald trump either. how do you as a republican reconcile what he has said about women in order to cast your vote for him? >> well, christi, i mean, i think women are smart and we are going to vote on what is best for our families. and i think that that takes priority over everything. i think the electorate, they're not happy with either one of these candidates and so i think you have to take the emotion out
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of it and look actually at the issues and the facts and under president obama the poverty rate with women, 16.1%, that's 2 million more women in poverty since barack obama has taken office. with hillary clinton, we're going to have four more years of the same. there's not going to be much difference. and i think what you're seeing going around the country right now is that this truly is the election of our lifetime. it's unlike any other because you're talking about open borders, probably single payer health care. i could go on and on. and donald trump is exactly the opposite. and so women are concerned about jobs and the economy, which we're growing at 1%, which is abysmal, and women want to know that they can put food on their table, gas in their car, and pay for their families. that's what -- and also national security. and donald trump is going to secure our borders and make sure that we don't have any more
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attacks on the home front. so i think those are the issues that women are going to be focused on and they're not going to pay attention to all this other rhetoric. >> a lot of people are concerned, too, about supreme court nominees. >> yes. >> so, jennifer, let me ask you this. you are a republican. what swayed you to hillary clinton, first of all? >> well, you know, i think like in americans i never thought that donald trump would get this far. but when it came down to donald trump and hillary clinton, i know one candidate can represent me as woman and as a reasonable policymaker. and donald trump has shown over and over again that he thinks of me as a second class citizen and he can't represent me. and you know i'm going to agree with amy that women are smart and they're going to show what they think about this election when they go to the polls. >> so, jennifer, is it safe to say as a republican that if it was anybody other than donald trump on the ticket you would not be vote for hillary clinton? >> well, you know, i was a big fan of jeb bush early on. i could have voted for marco
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rubio, any of the reasonable republican candidates. so you know, i would be voting for them this election. but you know, given the choice between donald trump and hillary clinton, the choice is clear for me as a republican and as an american. >> in this article in politico they're showing when we talk about early voting, in north carolina alone, 87,000 democratic women have already moved to cast early ballots compared with just 60,000 republican women. 87,000 democratic women to 60,000 republican women. in florida, 55% of the 880,000 people who voted as of the ends of the day wednesday are women. this is a huge electorate, huge chunk of the electorate. amy, do you get the feeling that donald trump has unintentionally sabotaged his own campaign? >> actually, christi, i don't. i mean, you know, he's made mistakes. he's a human being. and that's to be expected. i mean, both of them are human
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beings. but what i do believe is that the entire establishment is against him and when i talk about establishment, i'm not talking about just republicans, i'm talking democrat, republicans, and i'm sorry, but the media, too. if you look at the amount of coverage that donald trump has gotten about his scandals versus the amount of coverage that hillary clinton has gotten, i mean, it's off the charts. i believe last week it was 7-1. so, yes, he may have made some mistakes but also i think the entire establishment is behind him. and i do have to say if i can just add this, that, you know, donald trump is the candidate for the republican nominee, simply because of what the republicans have not done since they've been in office. the senate and the house. so if you want to look at somebody to blame, look at the republicans that are in office and when they say we have to stop hillary clinton, you have to make sure that we hold the senate and the house, what, are they going to stop hillary clinton just like they did barack obama and kept him in check? i don't think so. and i think that's really one of the reasons why that people need
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to look at this election and take the emotion out of it and look at the issues. i think it's more important than ever. >> well, we look at -- when we look forward to whomever ends up in the white house, they are inheriting at the end of the day a very divided nation. jennifer, how do you think hillary clinton can win people over? is it even possible once she gets in the white house to bring -- to unite this nation as a party? i mean, we're looking at some divisions here that a lot of us feel we haven't seen in years. >> well, and i think in the third debate we got a real look at what each candidate looks at when they see america after the election. for hillary we saw her talking about reaching across the aisle. she's running for all americans, even if they don't support her. but what we see from donald trump is he doesn't even agree with a peaceful transfer of power in america, which is
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extremely scary rhetoric. and -- >> jennifer, that's not true. >> well, amy, i think i would disagree with that because you can see in the third debate all he's talking about is these points of fear and he's trying to stoke fear and throw doubt on the election process. and those are really scary things and that was the big take away from the third debate. and those are two different americas. and i don't think any of us want to live in donald trump's america. >> well, we know that, again, that women are coming out and really large numbers before november 8th. jennifer lem, amy kremer, thank you for the conversation. bridgegate, potentially coming back to haunt new jersey governor chris christie. he maintains he had nothing to do with that scandal but in court a top aide says that's not true. also, the fbi says it's investigate that worldwide cyber attack that took down some popular websites yesterday. one security firm believes your
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take a look here. security forces riding three the streets through moss sum this morning prepare for more battles as iraqi troops move closer to that isis stronghold. the other armed forces engaged in five fights to the north and the south of the city. one of those clashes just six miles north of mosul.
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the other part of large-scale operation by iraqi forces launched this morning, also in iraq. defense secretary ash carter arrived in baghdad for an unannounced visit today. he will get an update on the fight for mosul and meet with the iraqi prime minister. the fbi currently investigating a massive cyber attack that caused wide spread outages online. you may have noticed this. your internet may be acting a little wonky yesterday. well, it was because this attack was partly carried out by infiltrating devices in your own home. let's go to cnn tech correspondent samuel burke who has the latest for us. hey, sam. >> we're just learning that hundreds of thousands of internet connected devices played a major role in the cyber attack which brought down huge parts of the internet in both the united states as well as here in europe on friday. many people's webcams and dvrs that are connected to the internet in people's homes may have been used in this attack without people even knowing it. now, it affected many sites like
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twitter, spotify, net flex, and reddit but it wasn't those companies that were hacked. it was a middle man company that most people don't know called dine that actually plays a crucial role as the middle man in the internet. when you type in twitter.com, for example, it's dine that makes sure you get there. so once this site was attacked, it brought down all the other sites so that people couldn't connect to them. the fbi is looking into the matter but right now people close to the investigation on dine's side of it tell me that so far there's not enough evidence to point their finger at any group or particular nation. at least not for now. >> sam, thank you. just for the record wikileaks is not taking responsibility for this cyber attack. here's what they posted in a tweet. they said, mr.s a sang is still alive, wikileaks is still publishing. we ask supporters to stop taking down the u.s. internet. you proved your point. we'll keep you posted as news developments. we've called it a battleground blitz this morning.
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he wins. >> all right. asian-americans are the fastest growing racial group in america. and there is an historic shift happening now in that vote that could impact the election. i traveled to florida this week to talk to some of the voters about their feelings on the candidates, voter outreach, and the issues that are driving their decisions at the polls. on the campus of the university of north florida politics is the topic of the day. and most of these students will be voting for hillary clinton. >> i think ultimately, like her vision for the united states, kind of runs with my vision of open mindedness, kind of accepting everyone. >> reporter: justin and his friends are at the leading edge of a seismic political shift among asian-american voters, from once reliable republican votes to a democratic stronghold. in the 1992, three-way race, republican president george h.w. bush earned 55% of the
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asian-american vote. 20 years later democratic president barack obama got 73% over mitt romney. >> we have never seen a swing like that for any group. >> reporter: he is the director of the national asian-american survey. >> democrats are far more likely to be reaching out to these voters than republicans. we also saw bill clinton do a lot in terms of outreach activity and also nominating asian-americans. >> reporter: and democrats hope that outreach will pay off this year as asian-american voters could have an over-sized impact in november. >> there are these new destination states, states like florida, and other states like north carolina that are now battleground states for the presidency. these are the states where you have newer asian-american populations and they're growing very rapidly. >> reporter: at the top of the list, jacksonville, florida. it's mostly filipino community has the highest population of asian-americans in any of the 2016 battleground states. most analysts say donald trump
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needs to win florida to win the white house. and it's morrow gonz' job to find the votes, he's with the filipino-american republicans of northeast florida. >> the statistics would show that democrats are doing very well recruiting asian-americans. >> i think they appear to have very effective recruiting and i would probably yield to that statement. i guess they have the support of what they hear, meaning the media. so there's so much they hear from the media about the democrats they would lean towards that. >> the factors on the republican side that have pushed them away. >> reporter: and an august rally when trump reiterated his proposal po to ban immigrants from terrorist nations he mentioned the philippines. >> hillary clinton wants to have them come in by the hundreds of thousands. >> reporter: soon after philippines lawmaker proposed
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banning trump from entering their country. >> a majority of asian-american registered voters have a very unfavorable view of donald trump and that should be very concerning to the republican party because it's possible that donald trump will turn off asian-american voters even more. >> reporter: a survey found 59% favor clinton and just 16% favor trump. but there is opportunity for each party here. for these two voters the choice is less about who they want to be the next president but more about who they don't. >> are you a trump supporter? >> i am a trump supporter. >> tell me why. >> because i cannot be for hillary. >> are you excited to vote for hillary clinton? >> i won't necessarily say excited, just i'm excited not to vote for trump. >> honest answers there, it seems there. with 2 1/2 weeks now left, yes, you heard it right, 2 1/2 weeks left, what can these two
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candidates do to win over those voters who are still wringing their hands trying to figure out what they're going to do? we're going to hear from a trump's asian-pacific advisory committee and a woman supporting hillary clinton. that's after the break. that's after the break. stay close. e ba. 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... we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges. with another new flavor you never saw coming... grilled, glazed korean bbq shrimp. and try as much as you want of flavors like new parmesan peppercorn shrimp. just come in before it ends.
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let's continue our conversation now about asian-american voters. joining me now is derrick, he's a member of donald trump's
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asian-pacific american advisory committee and representative judy chu of california. she is a member of the congressional asian-american pacific american caucus and has endorsed hillary clinton. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> derrick, i want to start with you. the group of which you're a member, trump's asian-pacific american advisory committee, i read that your first meeting was just on tuesday. is that true? >> our first physical meeting was on tuesday but prior to that we've had a number of phone conferences. we've been discussing this issue now for the past two months. >> from what i read and i read this from nbc news, just to be clear, this was the first physical meeting three weeks out from the election and donald trump was expected to show up but did not come. so if asian-american voters are a priority for him and for the campaign, why so late and why no appearance from the candidate? >> well, here's the thing, right, in terms of meeting him.
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look at us today. we're meeting via technology. that's the same way our committee met. we could meet via technology. here's the real issue. our country is facing very serious challenges. and what we're dealing with is a lot of distractions, a lot of talk. not focus on the real issues. we've got a tremendous national debt issue. we've got national security concerns. more people than ever have given up even looking for work. we've got 1% gdp growth. these are the issues that need to be addressed and we're spending a lot of time not addressing them. so can we spend our time talking about that because that's what the campaign is all about. >> let me come to you, congresswoman, and i want to ask you about outreach to the asian-american community. according to the national asian-american survey which we just featured in that report, 70% of the people who responded to that have not been contacted by either major political party. why is there this lack of outreach to discuss the issues that derek just mentioned?
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>> well, there needs to be greater outreach by both parties to asian-american voters. but i do have to say that hillary clinton was the first one ever to do an asian-american campaign kickoff for asian-americans for her presidential campaign. as she was the first one to ask us to come and present asian-american issues at the democratic national convention. and she has the highest number of asian-americans that are actually in top positions in her campaign. so she's done quite a bit to move the bar but i still think we have to do more. >> let's talk about issues, derek, and let's put it up. according to this survey, 60% of those who responded support the affordable care act. 80% support stricter missions limits to address climate change. 60% oppose donald trump's muslim ban. so if we're talking issues here, and your effort is to bring in more asian-american voters it seems simply that your candidate
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is on the wrong side to attract those voters. >> you know what, here's the issue and here's some concerns we have about that survey. they don't specify what states that sample is drawn from. we have nevada, we have north carolina, and florida. all battleground states. none of the survey respondents were taken from those cities. in addition, 72% of the conversations were conducted via landline. hey, this is 2016. over 60% of americans do not have landlines. so the questin is, who are we talking to? in terms of specific issues, the number one issue on that survey is the economy. and that's what we have to address. we started 2008 owing $10 trillion. our national debt has ballooned to $20 trillion. we're paying $20 billion a year in interest. most of us can't get our head around that but here's one way to think about that. you take the three richest
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people in the world and if you can convert their net worth to dollars put into a check, you would have $20 billion. you could pay off the interest for one year on our national debt. that's the good news. the bad news is, what happens the following year? we cannot sustain this type of policy because it's affecting us now and it will continue to effect us in the future. >> understood. >> more and more americans are -- >> i hate to jump in. i can hear the echo there. we've got a bit of a delay because we're so far apart. but i want to make sure that people understand that even with the issues that we're discussing, and putting forward, the economic message and we saw in the survey that the economy and jobs are the priority for asian-american voters who responded to this still, 59% of them support hillary clinton, 16% according to this survey support donald trump. and as we wrap up here let me come to you, congresswoman. we know a large portion of the respondents to this survey are not firmly in one party or the
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other or firmly standing behind one candidate or another that they can sway between one and the other. how does the democratic party, if they intend to continue to work for these votes, keep the asian-american voters in that fold? because we saw over 20 years that the group -- monolithic, of course, can swing from one party to the other. >> actually what the survey shows is that there's a very, very strong trend towards asian-american voters becoming democrats. in fact, the survey showed that asian-american voters are twice as likely to be democrat than republicans. so it is no wonder that asian-americans are favoring hillary clinton by huge margin. in fact, if you include the leaners, the asian-american voter actually supports hillary clinton by 4-1 margin, it's 70% to 21%. and it's because hillary clinton
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is addressing the issues that they care about, she is addressing the economy and jobs, she is addressing college affordability. and on the other hand you have donald trump who is having a very harsh tone that is anti-immigrant and it's a true turnoff to asian-american voters. they don't want to -- >> we have certainly heard that. i'm sorry to jump in here. i've been given the wrap twice. we have heard rhetoric plays a role in which direction many asian-americans are looking this election. derek uehara and congressman judy chu, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. the scandal dubbed bridgegate is back in the spotlight this morning. former chris christie aide testifying in court that christie knew about plans that severe rheumatoi ritis, and you're talking to your doctor about your medication... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain
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details. >> reporter: time for some traffic problems, those words in an e-mail, a key piece of evidence in what's notoriously known as bridgegate and sent by a former top aide to new jersey governor chris christie to one of his closest associates. the e-mail led to controversial lane closures of the george washington bridge connecting new york and new jersey in 2013 which, since then, has dogged christie and landed his former aide bridget kelly on trial facing federal charges. kelly testified in court, the e-mail was sent to former port authority executive david wildstein one day after letting governor christie know about a planned traffic study. something wildstein asked her explicitly to do, she says. she explained her words were meant to give the green light for that study. wildstein has pleaded guilty to
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staff to reopen lanes while witnessing those days of gridlock on the george washington bridge. >> and this is the first time we've heard kelly talk about this scandal so we reached out to christie's camp to get a comment about her testimony and in a statement we heard back saying the governor had no knowledge prior to or during the lane realignments and had no role in authorizing them. anything tsaid to the contrary s simply untrue. >> thank you so much. all right. the chicago cubs are just a single win away from making major league baseball history. cnn's coy wire is there with an excited crowd for the look ahead. hey, victor, mial la matter, homecoming, game day. we'll talk about that match-up but also that world series on the line for the chicago cubs and dodgers. we'll talk about that and all the top story lines after the break. "driving my life away" by eddie rabbit
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>> good morning. these guys are hype because we have a big game later today. but you think they're hype, wait until the scene at wrigley field tonight between the chicago cubs and the los angeles dodgers. those cubs are looking to make their first world series appearance since 1945. that's since before the tv was invented. so the cubs are leading the series 3-2. playing on their home field but don't count the dodgers out just yet. they will have that flame thrower. three time cy young winner, held the kouks scoreless for seven innings in game two. what a debut, a match-up it's going to be tonight. that's at 8:00 p.m. eastern. game six. all right. let's talk college football. one of the biggest match-ups today, number one, alabama hosting number six texas a&m. both teams are undefeated but not for long. bama, a double digit favorite in this one. why? this is their third straight ranked opponent and they have dismantled the last two they played. the aggies have a defense and
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wicked run game but will it be enough? we shall see. finally, yes, it's college football game day here at my alma mater stanford university. one thing i love about being an athlete here, guy, you are motivated by athletes from all sports. for 22 consecutive seasons stanford has won the directors cup, given to the nation's top overall sports program. the cardinal won more medals at this summer's rio olympic games than any other university. one medal winner, maya dirado after winning two gold medals at 23. making a major life change hanging up goggles and going to work as a consultant in the business world. >> i'm going from the top of my field in swimming to the very bottom starting out in my new job. but i think it's all about the challenge and it's all about learning new things and stretching yours and instead of thinking i'm bad at this, that makes me, you know, maybe incompetent, it's just an opportunity to get better and develop new skills.
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>> you can check out our entire interview, difference makers with maya dirado on cnn.com. i'll tweet out a link she talks about goal setting, secrets to success, secret to success for stanford today against colorado, it's hypeness. madison, take it away. >> let's go stanford. let's go stanford. >> there they go. coy wire, thank you so much. good luck, guys. the game today and want to thank you so much. we appreciate the fact that you take some time for us on the weekends in the morning here. >> always good to have you with us. and there's much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." we're passing it over now to fredericka whitfield. >> so do we see a picture of coy as stanford player in that picture? >> no. >> we need to do that. >> let's google it. >> coy with hair is a treat. >> there we go. it feels much more real when it's on your screen. >> wait a minute. >> there it is. >> we've got the helmet on. >> 22. >> okay. very good. the day is n

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