tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN October 27, 2016 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT
. happening now, my girl, campaigning with hillary clinton for the first time, michelle obama calls her my girl and says no one has ever been more prepared and qualified to be president. but as the first lady tries to be the campaign's closer, new wikileaks revelations about the clintons give donald trump a new line of attack. narrow path. even as some surveys show the race tysoniightening, others sh
clinton pulling even in some states and pulling away in others. melania's message. donald trump says his wife will give two or three important speeches. that might be news to melania trump, who has kept a very low profile during the campaign. is she up to the task? vladimir's vision. vladimir putin questions the allegations that he is trying to influence the u.s. election, asking if america is a banana republic. trump says it's time to lighten up on the russian leader. i am wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news. a dozen days before the election polls show a dramatic shift in some key states. and both candidates are going all out today. hillary clinton just held her first joint rally with michelle obama in the battleground state of north carolina. instead of relentlessly attacking donald trump, the first lady never mentioned him by name. she made a closing argument on
behalf of hillary clinton, calling her "my girl" saying she is the most qualified candidate ever, ready to be commander in chief on day one. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. and donald trump is appearing there three times today, trying to hold on to a narrow lead in the polls there. cnn now rates florida and nevada as tossups. no longer leaning democratic. new polls today show hillary clinton leading in north carolina, pulling even in the battleground of iowa and in the red state of georgia. trump is getting new campaign weapons as stolen e-mails released by wikileaks shed new light on the inner workings of bill clinton's business deals. if that won't turn the campaign around, republicans are making it clear they will have fodder for nonstop congressional hearings during a hillary clinton administration. i'll speak with democratic
senator chris coons and our koip. hillary clinton facing a tightening race. she called in backup today making her first joint appearance with the first lady, michelle obama. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar is here. brianna, the first lady is being called "the closer." >> she is so well liked. at wake forest university getting help from her friends, trying to court millennials. according to a harvard institute of politics poll, she could do better against donald trump in terms of the margin, if not the overall performance, than barack obama did in 2012. >> first ladies, we rock. >> reporter: as hillary clinton pushes toward election day in north carolina, she's got some very popular company. >> as our first african-american first lady, she has faced pressures i never did. [ cheers and applause ]
>> and she has handled them with pure grace. >> reporter: michelle obama, campaigning with the democratic nominee for the first time. >> we want a president who takes this job seriously. and has the temperament and maturity to do it well. someone who is steady. someone who we can trust with the nuclear codes. because we want to go to sleep at night knowing that our kids and our country are safe. and i am here today because i believe with all of my heart, and i would not be here lying to you. i believe with all of my heart that hillary clinton will be that president. >> reporter: taking advantage of the first lady's high standing with voters. she is even more popular than
her husband, whose approval rating is quite high at 55%. >> every election is about the future. and this one is about whether we build on the progress we've made, the legacy that president obama has built or rip it away and go backwards. >> that's right. hillary doesn't play. she has more experience and exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime. yes, more than barack, more than bill. so she is absolutely ready to be commander in chief on day one. and yes, she happens to be a woman. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: but in these final 12 days, clinton keeps battling a drip, drip, drip of off-putting revelations from the hacked e-mails of her campaign chief john podesta. the latest batch reveals what doug band a former top aide to
bill clinton, called bill clinton, inc. wrangling millions of dollars in consultant fees and paid speeches for the former president, often from donors to the clinton foundation. those practices as well as foreign donations to the foundation worried top aides to hillary clinton, e-mails show, and that they were also blind-sided by her use of a private e-mail address and server while she was secretary of state. did you have any idea of the depth of this story, john podesta's asks robby mook? nope, he replies. we brought up the existence of e-mails in research this summer but were told everything was taken care of. in a separate exchange advisor neera tanden asked who was responsible. do we know who told clinton she could use a private e-mail? has that person been drawn and quartered. going on to says like whole
thing is fin' insane. clinton and her campaign worry high expectations could convince some voters that she'll win without their vote. >> we cannot stop for a minute. no complacency here. nobody -- nobody flagging. we've got to get everybody out to vote. >> reporter: the campaign manager, robby mook, putting out a video online urging people to actually listen to donald trump, who has been saying not to believe the polls, that he could still win. robby mook saying, he is right, he doesn't want people, obviously, to be complacent, and they're worried that some people -- and i think especially it's those people in the middle, maybe folks who don't want to vote for donald trump or hillary clinton but would consider her a better alternative, they're worried about losing some of them. >> they want them to show up and vote for her. donald trump holding three rallies in ohio, a state that's an absolute must-within for republicans. sara murray is on the scene for
us. trump is on the connecticut today, right? >> reporter: that's right. when donald trump arrives here, this will be his third stop of the day. he has been going after hillary clinton so far today on everything from her foreign policy credentials to these revelations from wikileaks. the question is whether all of this will be enough to help the underdog candidate soar to victory on november 8th. >> in 12 days we're going to win ohio, and we are going to win back the white house. >> reporter: donald trump is barn-storming the buckeye state today with one target in mind. >> i mean, i have been doing six, seven, eight things a day, every single day. she is home sleeping half the time. i say she is definitely a low-energy person. >> reporter: seizing on the latest revelations from hacked e-mails released by wikileaks. outlining how bill clinton generated personal income through clinton foundation contacts. >> if the clintons were willing
to play this fast and loose with their enterprise, when they weren't in the white house, just imagine what they'll do given the chance to once again control the oval office. >> reporter: the gop nominee hoping a last-ditch effort to stay on message and jam-pack his campaign schedule might be enough to clinch a victory come november. even as he accused hillary clinton of being dangerous on foreign policy -- >> now hillary wants to start her shooting war in syria, a conflict with a nuclear-power russia, which could very well lead to world war iii. >> reporter: he again appeared to come to russian president vladimir putin's defense. >> she speaks very badly of putin, and i don't think that's smart. you know. you can be very tough, but you shouldn't be doing what she is doing. >> reporter: while he claims he no longer wants to focus on the lawsuits he has threatens against women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances -- >> you know, i hate that you waste time. when we're talking about isis and we're talking about jobs and
you're still bringing that up. everybody wants to bring it up. >> that was saturday. >> trump lobbing sharp attacks at a "people" magazine reporter who alleged he pushed her against a wall and kissed her without consent. >> she was afraid. she would have gotten the pulitzer prize. give me a break. making an appearance with his wife melania. >> my priority is my son, our son baron. i support him 100%. and i am there for him every time he needs me. and i am going to join him. >> reporter: her husband has other ideas. >> she is amazing when she speaks. she is an amazing public speaker. so she has agreed to do two or three speeches. i think it's going to be big speeches, important speeches. it's going to be great. >> reporter: with less than two weeks until election day, republicans are still grappling with how to deal with their
nominee. after pulling his endorsement of trump weeks ago -- >> i can only answer to my self and my wife. i have to feel good about what i do. >> reporter: -- utah congressman jason chaffetz now says he'll vote for trump after all, tweeting, i will not defend or endorse trump but i am vote for him. hrc is that bad. hrc is bad for the usa. senator ted cruz is battling if hrc wins the white house suggesting they may never vote on a supreme court nominee. saying there is long historical press didn't for a supreme court with fewer justices. now, donald trump has a very narrow path to 270, and ohio is a crucial part of it. this is a state where his support has held up surprisingly well, even if the wake of these allegations of sexual misconduct. he has been running tied or a little bit ahead of hillary clinton here in the latest battleground state polls. you can tell by his packed schedule today, he does not want
to take any chances when it comes to ohio. >> a critically important state for him and know presidential candidate for that matter. >> chris coons is joining us from the campaign trail in north carolina. senator, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. >> i know you are a big hillary clinton supporter. you're campaigning in north carolina for democrats. 12 days left to go. polls tightening across the board. is hillary clinton having a problem delivering a closing message? >> no. i think hillary clinton has got a strong message for the closing. i think her rally here today with first lady michelle obama was a tremendous success. she talked not just about her vision for growing middle class jobs, building our economy from the middle out, how to make us safer and stronger around the world, how to provide for stronger schools and better child care. she launched a new anti-bullying initiative. that reminds all of us that for decades her focus has been on children and families and
bringing the country together. in contrast to her opponent who is literally delivering a daily lesson in how to be a bully in the way he's conducting his campaign and has conducted himself in debates with secretary clinton. >> if she is not worried, why is she bringing first lady michelle obama out there to north carolina, the vice president. she has a bench of high-profile supporters helping her try to close the deal. >> that's right, wolf. i was out here today campaigning in wilmington, north carolina, fayetteville. joe biden, barack obama, michelle obama are tremendous surrogates with great following nationally. many senators and governors are out in the field as well because there are a few states like north carolina where there is early voting already under way and where control of the state, the prediction for the presidential and senatorial and gubernatorial races here have gone back and forth. so many of us have gone to other places in the country who know
secretary clinton, who have served and worked with her and who can speak to her strength. i was at polling places and at grass-roots campaign headquarters in several places across north carolina today and was glad to be able to deliver a positive message. there are a lot of folks across the country, wolf, who have been turned off by the nasty and personal tone of this campaign and debate nationally. many are concerned that folks who would come out and vote for secretary clinton or for democrats like deborah ross who is running for the senate here in north carolina, might be turned off and stay home. we need folks to exercise their right to vote, even in the face of attempts to suppress voting rights here in north carolina and around the rest of the country, we need folks to come out and vote. it's something for which so many americans and fought and died over the last years. i think it's important because there is so much at stake in this presidential election. >> she does have a problem, though, with the e-mail that were stolen -- released by wikileaks, the john podesta
e-mails. some of them very, very embarrassing for hillary clinton, for the campaign, if you will, involving clinton initiative -- the global initiative, involving her husband's business. is it further hurting voters' trust in her and the clinton name? >> i don't think it is, wolf, at least not from the folks i have visited with and heard from today. in the summary of these newest releases that i heard just in the runup to this interview i heard nothing new. i heard a summary of back-and-forth of campaign aides expressing worry or anxiety. what i know is that the clinton foundation, compared to the trump foundation, has made a real and lasting difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. and i think, at the end of the day, when americans look at the choice between donald trump and hillary clinton, they see a big divide on much bigger issues than some e-mails. >> one thing was the outrage, we did learn from some of her closest associates and most reliable associates when they discovered she was using a
private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. neera tanden among others. podesta himself were all stunned to hear that the secretary was using a private e-mail server. that's a problem. >> well, wolf, i think americans are now well aware that secretary clinton was using a private e-mail server. she sat through a very, very long hearing in front of the house republican chaired committee earlier this year. i think it was seven hours long. >> that was on the benghazi -- that was on the benghazi issue. >> that's right. forgive me. but what i am concerned about, frankly, wolf, is the news today that house republicans intend to try and convene many, many more hearings in the months and years to come and that senator cruz of texas suggests that he might never allow an up or down vote on a supreme court justice nominee from president clinton should she be elected. i do think that the degree of investigation and oversight and
alarm over this issue exceeds the underlying severity and s sincerity of the issue. to harken back to the benghazi hearings, i think there were more than 12 hearings into a simple and tragic and difficult incident in libya. if we have republicans already gearing up to investigate secretary clinton if she becomes president, already demanding that they'll continue to stall any consideration of a nominee for the supreme court we have to look at the daunting prospect that the republicans will not allow hillary clinton to govern. >> is it realistic that they might never allow a vote on a supreme court nominee, let's say hillary clinton's name that she puts forward. is that realistic? would enough republicans go along with senator cruz and prevent consideration of a supreme court justice? >> wolf, i hope that's not
realistic or credible. >> do you think it is? >> senator cruz is the one who led the shutdown of the federal government. >> do you think it is realistic or credible? >> i think there are some republican senators who will try to continue their sort of unilateral filibuster in the hundred years, wolf, that we have had a senate judiciary committee we have never had a nominee who has failed to get a hearing, failed to get a vote for as long as merrick garland who was nominated many months ago by president obama. it's my hope that there will be enough republican senators who see the importance of a bipartisan process to confirm a judicial nominee for this vacancy in the supreme court that we will be able to move forward and that senator cruz, as has been the case before, is really speaking for a very small and extreme minority of the republican caucus in the senate. >> senator, please stand by. we'll continue the questions and the answers, including new suggestions now from donald trump. he is beginning to question the validity of the voting in the
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back to breaking news. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, goes to bat for hillary clinton at a joint rally in the crucial battleground state of north carolina. donald trump barn-storming in ohio today. all this comes as polls show a tightening race and as the stolen memo reveals the extent of bill clinton's business dealings. back with democratic senator chris coons of delaware, as a hillary clinton supporter. senator, donald trump was tweeting today questioning the validity, perhaps, of the voting in texas. this is what he tweeted. i'll put it on the screen. a lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in texas. people are not happy. big lines. what is going on?
the suggestion is, apparently, local authorities say they're voting on electronic tablets and there could be some problems right now. human error. they don't think it's very significant but do you think he'll concede this election if he loses? >> well, woclf, i hope that donald trump will observe decades, centuries of respectful transition of power of those who lose elections, congratulating their opponents and accepting the result, if that's the result. that's one of the hallmarks of american democracy. to be clear, in 2000, in florida, the outcome was so tight, so close, that an automatic recount was called for. but that's not what donald trump suggested in his answer to the question in the third debate, "will you respect the outcome of the election?" he said, "i'm going to keep you in suspense." the latest tweet you quoted is a suggestion that trump is continuing his theme of questioning whether or not the vote will be legitimate and of calling on his voters to come and supervise polling places.
i think this is a very dark and concerning development, and i really hope that donald trump will stop undermining our democracy and questioning the validity of elections, which are run at the state and local level, in many cases by local republican elected officials chairing state and county election boards. >> today president putin engaged on the u.s. election saying he doesn't seriously think russia can influence the choice of the american people. why is he intentionally down-playing -- we're talking about donald trump -- downplaying russia's influence potentially? right now putin is down-playing it as well? >> well, it seems to me striking that we have had the leadership of america's national intelligence community confirm that a russian-connected source, that russian intelligence likely played a central role in hacks into democratic party e-mails, into hacks in secretary clinton's campaign e-mails, and
that there was very close relations between donald trump's previous campaign manager and putin's supported leader of the ukraine. today putin is saying, no, no, i have had very little influence on this election. my hunch is because many americans are concerned by this and many americans see putin intentionally influencing the elections as a concerning development. certainly for republicans and for national security concerned independents, the idea that donald trump, the republican nominee, would speak kindly and positively about putin, particularly in contrast to our current president, is a pretty striking and worrisome development. >> senator coons, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. up next, the next hour, by the way, i'll speak with republican congressman shaun duffy, a donald trump supporter. coming up, the trump campaign taking full advantage of the latest revelations about bill clinton's lucrative business deals. could that help lower turnout for democrats? our political experts are
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following breaking news in the presidential race. hillary clinton and first lady michelle obama appeared together at a big rally this afternoon in north carolina. the new poll, by the way, shows clinton ahead of trump in north carolina. and get this, actually tied with donald trump in both georgia and iowa. there is a lot of talk -- a lot to talk about with our political experts. david axelrod first. donald trump issued a scathing attack over the wikileaks released regarding the clinton
foundation. could the argument suppress voter turnout among democrats, especially among some of the bernie sanders supporters out there who are probably pretty angry about this as well? >> yeah. i -- i think it's less a matter of suppressing democratic turnout than rallying republicans who -- some of whom have drifted away from him, republican-leaning independents for whom the attacks on clinton probably are resonating. the challenge for trump is always the same, which is can he stay on track and stay on the offense without shooting himself in the foot. i don't know if he has any toes left. but if he does, they're always in jeopardy. and that's really the question for him. >> mark preston, he was on message in his first speech earlier today in ohio. he didn't deviate much at all from the teleprompter. he is staying on that message for now, but how long can he do that? >> i am sure that his advisors right now are looking at their watches and wondering the same thing. every time that donald trump
seems to have had a good day staying on message, following the teleprompters, not talking about sexual abuse allegations, not talking about a rigged system, not attacking his own party, he has a good day, seems to do well. he doesn't seem to be able to get out of his own way. he clouds his own message, creates a lot of white noise around it. oftentimes when he is trying to put out major policy proposals like we saw this past weekend in gettysburg, pennsylvania, he stepped over his message by the preamble about suing everyone who has been accusing him of sexual misconduct. for now he is doing okay. we'll see what happens by tomorrow. does the spin it off again. >> jackie kucinich. he tweeted about rigged elections. people are not happy, big lines, what is going on. why is he continuing to raise this specter of possibly a rigged election? >> i mean, the other thing that
happened today, a poll came out that showed him ahead by three in red texas. it's an extraordinary development. so it seems like he is trying to have an excuse for, not if he loses texas, but if he loses in general. it's hard to believe in texas where the whole top of the government, lieutenant governor, governor, secretary. everyone is a republican, that somehow they're colluding to rig the election for hillary clinton. >> laying out an excuse in case he doesn't win by a big enough margin or were to lose. >> it couldn't be because of donald trump and his messaging and the disastrous campaign. he has to be because someone did something to take it away from him. >> nobody really thinks that a presidential race at least this time around that texas is at play. the polls show -- three points. that's pretty close in texas. jason chaffetz, the congressman from utah, he renounced donald trump after the "access hollywood" video came out. now he says he will be voting for trump, even though he is not
supporting him or endorsing him. he says he doesn't want hillary clinton to be president of the united states. but it's a very significant reversal of sorts. >> it's pretty stunning. you'll remember he came out, and he was so out in front on this. he said, i have a 15-year-old daughter, after that tape came out. he said he couldn't attach his good name to donald trump. here he is just a couple of weeks later saying that he is going to vote for donald trump but he is not going to endorse him. i think it shows you how difficult politically the situation is for a number of these republicans, because so many of their constituents have spent years and years -- hillary clinton, for them, represents everything that they detest about the democratic party, so they're really stuck between a rock and a hard place here. and he seems to clearly be protecting his right flank, because he also came out and said he has two years' worth of material ready to go if hillary clinton is president. >> it's a unique situation,
david axelrod, right now in utah of all places, where it's a pretty close race if you take a look at what's going on. >> it's close in part because there is an independent candidate, evan mcmullin, who is a mormon, former cia agent, and he has become a protest vehicle for particularly mormon voters in the state who are alienated from trump and some of his personal behavior. so i think that makes utah a unique place. but the fact is donald trump is behind or no better than even in every battleground state, and there are new battleground states that were thought to be republican strongholds. so he has his work cut out for him. >> only 12 days to go. everybody stay with us. we'll have much more with our panel coming up. hillary clinton and michelle obama out there in north carolina today. how significant is that? we'll be right back.
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experts. brianna keilar, let's talk about this important joint event today, the first lady of the united states, hillary clinton -- michelle obama, she was speaking mostly positively, sending a positive message about hillary clinton. never mentioned donald trump's name at all, but didn't really go after him that much. an effective strategy? >> that's right. i think they're trying to keep things a little more positive. right after the "access
hollywood" tape came out, michelle obama was perhaps one of -- i think she might have been the most effective person speaking out against it. a couple of weeks ago in new hampshire she had the strongest of words for donald trump. shocking, demeaning, that he was below the basic standards of decency. today she was talking about two different divisions and said that hillary clinton has a different vision that has more to do with togetherness. but i think what's really amazing about this appearance is just that she is there, so wholeheartedly campaigning for hillary clinton. eight years ago if someone had told you that this would have happened, one, that they would have been besties up there, sort of hugging it out before, or that michelle obama would be probably the best surrogate out there, i mean, eight years ago she had to have a whole image rehab because she was seen as divisive. now she is not. she is an additive. >> what was also interesting, jackie, was the fact that the
first lady was introduced by hillary clinton, usually it's the other way around. >> she was the headliner today. it's been interesting to see hillary clinton sort of adopt what michelle obama has been saying on the trail, be it the, they go low, we go high. you heard hillary clinton say some of the things michelle obama said about -- in earlier speeches about sexual assault and the treatment of women. so she really is trying to absorb a little bit of the celebrity and panache that michelle obama brings. >> mark preston, the new quinnipiac poll polls. in iowa tied 44-44. clinton and trump. in georgia of all places, trump 44, hillary clinton, 43. it's not supposed to be that way in those two states. hillary clinton was way behind in iowa a month ago and behind in georgia, of course, as well, it's a red state. >> the last time democrats won georgia, wolf, was bill clinton in 1992. it got very, very red.
ten years from now it would seem to make sense because of demographic changes in that state and in other states such as texas. it shows you that trump's candidacy, for all that he is attracting, he has also pushed a lot away at the same time, that you are seeing democrats in that state consolidate. in the state of iowa, hillary clinton has never done well there. didn't necessarily do well in the caucuses. what we have seen is trump has done well, even though he lost the caucuses there. you are seeing a consolidation of social conservatives getting behind trump. those numbers right there, the last time that republicans won iowa, was in 2004 with john kerry. barack obama won it in the last two elections. so, if hillary clinton could knock off trump in georgia and iowa, election over. >> david axelrod, only moments ago donald trump said this in toledo. let me play the clip for you. listen to this. >> just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to
trump, right? what are we having it? >> it's already generating some buzz out there. you're smiling when you hear him say it. he thinks he's doing really well. >> well, i think he is -- he has expressed some concern about how the election might come out if we actually hold one and whether he's going to recognize the result of it. so i am sure he would prefer a situation where we could just by acclamation declare that he is president of the united states. but the numbers are the numbers, and they're pretty daunting for him right now. the discussion you just had with mark speaks to it. he has so antagonized key constituencies in some battleground states. in many battleground states. college-educated women, hispanics and other minorities, younger voters. that he has made it almost impossible for himself to climb this hill. >> mark preston, your reaction to what we just heard from trump? i suspect he was just trying to
be funny, cute and sarcastic a little bit or whatever. >> there is a little bit of truth in everything donald trump says, though, as in what every politician says. that is absolutely what donald trump shouldn't be doing right now. we talked before the break about staying on message. saying something like that just plays to the crowd, and he gets energy off of that, wolf, but guess what, it doesn't reach out to all the constituencies that david just mentioned. >> stay with us, everybody. coming up, donald trump says we'll see more of his wife melania. can she make a major difference at this point in the campaign?
donald trump promises we'll be seeing and hearing more from his wife, melania, in the closing days of this campaign. let's bring in our brian todd. we've heard these kinds of promises before. >> reporter: we have, wolf. sometimes it hasn't materialized. but tonight, donald trump needs every bit of help he can get with women voters, and he's counting on melania trump to make a connection with them down the stretch. the one issue is, he may have wanted to run that idea by her first. donald trump seems to surprise his wife in front of a national tv audience. >> i'm going to join him. we will see. >> she's actually going to make two or three speeches. >> oh. >> reporter: the question from abc's george stephanopoulos to melania trump, do you want to get out there and help him, when she said she might, trump took it further. >> she's agreed to do two or three important speeches.
>> reporter: we asked the campaign if they had spoken about that before the interview. could she help her husband in the final stretch? >> basically, what women voters say of course the wife is going to say nice things about the husband. so at this point, i don't see how this really helps donald trump with women. >> reporter: melania trump has done interviews with major networks, including with cnn's anderson cooper, since the accusations of sexual misconduct against her husband came out. >> i believe this was all organized from the opposition. >> reporter: but she hasn't given a speech since the republican convention. >> my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. >> reporter: one of a couple of phrases which plagiarized a michelle obama speech. her husband tried to laugh it off last week. >> michelle obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. it's fantastic. they think she's absolutely great.
my wife, melania, gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case! and i don't get it. >> reporter: cnn's latest poll shows melania trump has better net favorable ratings than donald trump, hillary clinton, or bill clinton. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: if she speaks, what should she focus on? >> if i were advising them, i would have her take a fairly light touch about how she's tried to hide his phone so he can't tweet. i wouldn't have her address the allegations against her husband. >> reporter: another gop strategist warns of what could go wrong. >> you have to have buy-in from melania trump. she can't be preshed to do. because if she underperforms, it could cause a lot of negative
coverage or you could hurt your chances. >> reporter: so is there buy-in from melania trump? did anyone run the idea by her before that abc interview? what will the campaign ask her to say in those speeches? we pressed the campaign all day today but have gotten nothing back other than one text saying she will give speeches. >> we'll cover that. brian, there could be a question about that. >> reporter: if you remember back in august, she was being scrutinized over her immigration status. donald trump said at the time she was going to hold a news conference to talk all about that and never did. >> brian todd, thank you very much. coming up, michelle obama campaigning with hillary clinton for the first time today and says no one has ever been more qualified to be president of the united states than hillary clinton. can the first lady be the closer for the clinton campaign? >> do not let yourselves get tired or frustrated or discouraged by the negativity of
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happening now, the closer. michelle obama stands with hillary clinton and revs up democrats the way the party's presidential nominee cannot. the first lady warning elections are decided on a razor's edge. will her pitch make the difference? coming home. donald trump works to rally his base as the race tightens in certain key battlegrounds. tonight, one gop lawmaker is accused of a stunning flip-flop,
joining other waffling republicans who are back in trump's corner. vladamir putin mocks the idea that moscow is trying to interfere with the u.s. elections, portraying it as an unbelievable ploy. this as more stolen e-mails reveal the clinton camp's horror when her use of a private server became public. closing in. we're learning about a u.s. attack on isis as coalition forces get ready to move on the terror group's self-proclaimed capital. the pentagon growing more concerns that isis is plotting to attack america. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> breaking news tonight. michelle obama pleading with north carolina voters to cast early ballots for hillary clinton right now. clinton campaigning with her most popular