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taxes. you know, i used to tell people that i learned how to measure my life by the height and color of your corn. >> those last-minute pushes didn't work for either candidate. bush lost michigan and kerry lost iowa. that's it for me, thanks for watching, the news continues right now on cnn. >> here we go. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. less than one week until election day. we do have brand new polling from four critical battleground states. we'll get to those numbers in just a moment. no question, both presidential candidates feeling the heat. they're pulling out stops by bringing in a swarm of surrogates to cover as many of these battlegrounds as possible. look at this graphic. we'll call this the ultra cluttered campaign trail today.
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this is hysterical but proves the point. people are out stumping for him or her. we will see hillary clinton's surrogate this chief take to the stage in chapel hill, north carolina. president obama is trying to rev up the vote as he admits the early black voter turnout is down. plus, for the very first time here, president obama is commenting on the fbi director's controversial release of information that investigators are now doing this review of e-mails in hillary clinton's case. >> i do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don't operate on innuendo, we don't operate on incomplete information, we don't operate on leaks. we operate based on concrete decisions that are made when this was investigated thoroughly the last time, the conclusion of the fbi, the conclusion of the justice department, the conclusion of repeated
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congressional investigations was that she had made some mistakes but that there wasn't anything there that was prosecutable. >> let's go to beautiful chapel hill, admittedly my alma mater, michelle kosinski. so nice to see you there ahead of the president speaking, we'll take him live momentarily. we know the president has addressed the fact that the early voting numbers among african-americans is down not just where you are in north carolina, it's down in florida and georgia compared to four years ago and he's essentially been saying and echoing his message, a vote for trump is like insulting his legacy. >> >> he also spelled it out plainly today. just bluntly put it out there on the tom joyner radio show saying that there was excitement for me when i was elected president, you were excited for me, now you have to be excited for hillary
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clinton and he said you know there's a latino vote out there growing but the african-american vote is not where it needs to be. he tried to spell out what would happen if in his view donald trump is elected that there might not be support for traditionally black colleges, pell grants would change, medicaid would change. here's part of what he said. listen. >> you know what? i need everybody to understand that everything we've done is dependent on me being able to pass the baton to somebody who believes in the same things i believe in so if you really care about my presidency and what we've accomplished then you are going to go and vote, but if we let this thing slip and i've got a situation where my last two months in office are preparing for a transition to donald trump
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whose staff people have said that their primary agenda is to have him in the first couple weeks sit in the oval office and reverse every single thing that we've done? >> it's interesting to hear the president change it up every time he speaks and see his evolution in how he's approaching this. it was just at the end of august when we heard him say at a private event that he was tired of talking about donald trump, he didn't feel like he had to make a case against him because he felt donald trump makes that case against himself every time he speaks. well now we hear the president making the case strongly against donald trump and not only that, the president is almost pleading with voters out here, not just on these radio showsesqually targeting the african-american vote but when he speaks to a big crowd like this he's not joking so much anymore, he is deadly serious and he's saying you need to do this.
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listen to me even if you're going to vote, maybe you have a nephew or friend or some relative on the fence. so he's targeting the groups that hillary clinton needs, african-americans, young people, trying to build up that enthusiasm, excitement, momentum however you want to term it that clinton needs. brooke? >> it's politics and personal. we'll take it live, michelle kosinski thank you so much in chapel hill, north carolina. cnn a short time ago released brand new poll numbers from several battleground states and we'll run through them but it suggests gains for both candidates, depending on which state you're looking at. let me bring in cnn political drekd o director david chalian to break down the numbers. in arizona, donald trump leads hillary clinton by five points. in florida, it's tight, clinton ahead just by two. in nevada, that race has shifted
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with trump now ahead 49% to 43% and in pennsylvania clinton ahead with a four-point edge. where do you want to begin, david chalian? six days out, what do these numbers tell you? >> well, the first thing if you're the clinton campaign you look at is that pennsylvania number where you have a four-point edge, yes it's narrower than it has been in pennsylvania recently but that is a significant enough lead that probably convinces you there isn't some major crumbling going on in a state that's been leaning in your direction so they probably can breathe a sigh of relief. another poll came out an hour after our's did showing a four-point lead for clinton in pennsylvania. if you're in the trump campaign, you look at that nevada number, wow, six-point lead, that's a significant uptick for trump in a state that the clinton folks were feeling pretty good about and the trump folks have been saying they show it competitive for them. we need to see other polls in
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nevada come out to see if this matches up. it's been a while but that's good news because, listen, brooke, you remember the map, donald trump needs all the remaining battleground states plus he's got to get some democratic turf. so looking at nevada is very good. the fact that florida is a two-point race in clinton's direction but it's within the margin of error, both campaigns see that as close all the way through, it was the closest state in 2012 and in arizona where you know hillary clinton is campaigning today trying to expand the map, no doubt the trump folks must feel good that doesn't seem to be poised to flip just yet looking at the most recent number. >> david, thank you so much. we'll springboard off those numbers with my panel. joining me now cnn political analyst david gregory and jackie kucinich and senior political reporteer nia-malika henderson. great to see you.
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nia, let me begin with you on the nevada number. you have trump ahead, a big wow for the trump campaign, good news for them but when you look in your trusty cnn election night research book i saw that nevada went obama the last two elections. what do you make of what's happening in nevada and might this be part of the reason why you see hillary clinton going after latinos? >> i think so, i mean nevada, that vote out there always looks different on election day than it looks on the early voting days that precede. they seem to be overperforming where they thought they would be so they feel good but nevada will always be a tricky state for them because of sure there is that latino population out there but there are also those working class white voters as well and a pretty big union presence as well so that's why i think you see donald trump feeling good about those
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numbers. and i think you have a and on we've seen a mixed bag in term who was was leading in these nevada polls. you saw clinton leading at times, you saw donald trump leading, it will be a nail biter going to election day and what will be interesting to look at is how cortez masto does, the woman running to replace harry reid, how she's doing. she seems to be lagging in some of those polls. that's got to concern democrats who need four seats to win the senate back from republicans. >> what about, though, just bigger picture as we consider these numbers, david gregory. last week we were talking about there was a leak that the ha hillary clinton campaign would consider joe biden if she wins and flash forward a week and we talk about how she's throwing in a stop in detroit, a state where she lost the primary to bernie sanders. what do you make of that? >> i think there's a couple things happening.
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obviously the impact of the fbi wing and the e-mail story by reinvestigating it and taking the unprecedented step as james comey has of reopening that investigation and releasing the letter has had an impact because the race went from talking about trump's greatest vulnerability, which you see across the board in our polling, other polling out of washington, the influential marquette law school poll about who's qualified to be president still favors hillary clinton, it's a huge negative for donald trump but now there is so much focus on what voters dislike and distrust about hillary clinton, that's a factor. remembers, i think, sensing the race tightening are feeling as one top republican described to me a sense of guilt, a sense of a need to come home for the republican ticket because if it's this close and donald trump were to lose by two, three points maybe them staying out of it will be seen as to blame for the result. so there's a lot of pressure going on among republicans to
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move and again you see that in the polling coming out of wisconsin this afternoon that before the fbi decision and after you see a migration of republicans coming back for trump and senate races tight in wisconsin, in ohio, a big lead for rob portman, the senator there helping donald trump by bringing those republicans out and prepared to vote for those senate sors who could vote for trump. >> it's interesting the that the clinton campaign has addressed that they don't want us talking about is the e-mails review by the fbi. we saw this interview with president obama doing an interview with now this news where he was asked about it. he could have said i'm not commenting on an ongoing investigation but it was a not so subtle criticism on what the -- what comey has done. why do you think he played it that way? >> you know, president obama has walked the line on this.
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but, you know, he's out there to be a surrogate for hillary clinton at this point and you're hearing this from -- amplified by all of the surrogates. he's not going after him but he is being critical which is further than we've seen in the past but i wanted to talk about the pennsylvania senate race if i could and how it relates to these numbers so one of the things that's interesting, it has tightened but on monday night pat toomey had an ad during "monday night football" and he looked right at the camera and he said "i disagree with donald trump." so -- and right now katie mcginty is ahead of him in that race. so while it is tightening, there is still a sense among republicans that this is a state where they're behind and need to make it up and appealing for those cross-ballot voters so watching the senate races, particularly in pennsylvania is a way to gain insight.
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>> and let me say something about president obama -- >> go ahead, david. >> just about president obama. it's significant the president is weighing in the way he is doing. you played that sound a couple minutes ago on the tom joyner show. he is speaking directly to african-americans in some cases saying there cannot be an enthusiasm gap, we've seen softness among projections in states like north carolina. the president is saying there's a legacy. if you believe in what i believe in in my presidency pef to pass the pa on the to hillary clinton and that's been a big concern all along. can the obama coalition be transferred to hick? younger voters, minority voters including african-americans and women. we see the strength among women but not necessarily african-americans at the moment. this is what we don't know. this is why election day matters and why looking at early voting that's already banked matters so much to make these projections but on the e-mails in particular
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the clinton campaign has made a determination they will argue this hard, take on james comey because they want to say to their voters, look this is unfair and this is an example of clinton enemies overreaching. you have to support us or else in a weird way the election could be rigged in the other direction against. >> but it's also clear -- they want to turn the page from that as well. if you saw hillary clinton down in florida yesterday, it was basically donald trump is unfit to be president because of the way he speaks about women. >> but let me jump in, it's so important to point out on the trump side, the discipline, how he is talking about the fbi investigation, he is talking about obamacare, he is teleprompter trump, he is staying on script. it's potentially a very smart strategy for him. steve calibbannon is monitoring twitter feed so six days to go. >> and we have seen a
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disciplined trump. i think the problem here is that, you know, for trump's sake he probably should have been disciplined all along. that's why he's behind in pennsylvania and wisconsin. these were states we thought he would be able to do because of demographics so one of the things we're seeing is there is a clinton coalition and it looks different slightly from the obama coalition, everyone knows the african-american vote will probably dip a bit because they overperformed every other demographic group in 2012 but i think we're seeing a different coalition. and this was clinton's coalition in 2008. she overperformed among latinos compared to obama, beat him 2-1 in terms of latinos in the primary, did very well among older voters, white voters as well and that's what we're seeing in florida. the latino vote in florida is gang busters. i talked to clinton folks about that and pollsters as well so it's a sign they have an organization down there and they
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are reshifting that electorate in florida in a way we saw obama do with a different coalition in 2008 and 2012. >> but you're right and david is right that i don't know if we can call it the obama coalition come election day. whether it's the clinton coalition or democratic coalition that is left to be seen. guys, thank you so, so much. talking about president obama, he has been laying out as far as what donald trump would do day one in the oval office and it includes, he even mentioned beyond medicare and obamacare and black colleges ripping up his wife's vegetable garden. we'll play that for you. also ahead jeb bush's son speaking a bit out of turn by saying who his uncle and grandfather may be voting for. bush 41 and 43. new reaction from the bush family. and breaking news out of iowa today two police officers
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coming up, some live pictures of chapel hill, north carolina, we're watching and waiting to hear from the president of the united states set to speak there momentarily as he's putting democratic voters on high alert. he can hillary clinton's most powerful surrogate and he was on the tom joyner morning show earlier today, pleading with black voters, get out and vote and saying what he thinks would happen day one of a trump presidency. >> if donald trump wins, here's what will happen immediately. they will immediately work with a republican congress to pass massive tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. they will immediately work to cut millions of people off of
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medicaid because they will block grant it and there are a whole bunch of states where if the governor doesn't wanted me cade and congress isn't financing medicaid, right away i guarantee they'll start cutting back on funding for things like pell grants and support for historically black colleges and universities. right away they will blow back the affordable care act. right away, i guarantee they'll dig up michelle's garden. [ laughter ] you think i'm joking? joining me now, bakari sellers, cnn commentator, former south carolina state representative and hillary clinton supporters. also paris dennard, cnn political commentator and donald trump supporter. general men, welcome. bakari, let me begin with. you listening to the president, the list that the president just went through, it sounds to me
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that he is sounding the alarm to black voters. do you think democrats are very nervous six days out. >> well, democrats are nervous and proverbial bed wetters since i was born. that's nothing new. this new narrative about this dip -- quote/unquote, dip, this softening of the black vote, it doesn't bother me one bit because there needs to be urgency in all of our communities to build this coalition. what we've seen in florida and north carolina is after we got through some suppression in north carolina you see those up ticks in the vote and in florida you're seeing african-american vote proportionately to their share of registration. so i'm glad the president is quote/unquote sounding the alarm and this narrative doesn't bother me at all. we need to be voting like the house is on fire because if donald trump is on fire, the proverbial house will burn down. >> you want to respond to that, paris? >> you want to talk about housing and the black community? there are more blacks owning homes during the great depression than there are that
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own homes now so i don't want to talk about kburning houses down but i want to talk about the fact that the republican national committee put out an ad called "our choices" targeted to the black community running nationally on black networks. additionally, mr. trump was in north carolina and delivered his new deal for black americans. i think the democrats are running scared, i don't know if they're wetting the bed but they should be running scared because they know when you look at absentee ballots, especially in north carolina where the president is set to speak, the republicans are going better than they did in 2012 and the democrats are doing worse so there's a great opportunity for republicans to do well and a great opportunity for continued engagement to make a difference in the black community and for republicans to take votes away from hillary clinton on this issue. >> i mentioned a second ago the president is hillary clinton's most effective sur gas. i may take that back and say it's the first lady. we've seen her speak. i'm wondering, bakari, i haven't
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seen her on the trail this week. where is she? she could help hillary clinton this week. >> i'm sure she'll be out. our bench and team of surrogates from elizabeth warren to michelle obama to bill clinton to hillary clinton, is bernie sanders, i mean, everyone is out on the campaign trail, we won't leave any bullets in the gun, that's for sure. but paris was incorrect in him talking about the early voting because democrats still lead fastly with early voting in north carolina but what we're seeing is not black voters, for some reason they're not going to the polls and pulling the trigger for trump. i didn't want anybody under that illusion. the question is are they going to go to the polls. what we'll see is this sense of urgency. we cannot compare 2008 and 2012 which i use as the proverbial 96 bulls to what will happen now. but we will see a slightly different coalition propel hillary clinton next tuesday. >> what about -- this is what i'm wondering about republicans, i'm listen to you, be kakari,
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donald trump talks about the movement and how massive his rallies are. what about the people who aren't at the rallies, who are whispering in the ears of republicans "i'm voting for donald trump." is this that something you're banking on tuesday? >> it's tough to quantify but 00% real. i cannot tell me how many people have stopped me on the metro on the streets in d.c. stopping me in new york saying "hey, i'm voting for donald trump, i'm with you, can our guy pull it off?" these are african-americans from all walks of life coming to me, young, old, millennial they are going to do that because they understand it is difficult to be a black person supporting donald trump because the way people like myself get attacked -- >> you think that's why they're whispering in you're? >> they can identify with donald trump because when he talks about jobs, the economy and especially things about student loan debt and school choice which is very popular with african-american communities, he
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is aspirational and he's going to make a connection. his speech, the new deal for african-americans was significant, positive and well received, that coupled with the rnc ad talking about our choices will show this whisper campaign will come out to support mr. trump. >> we'll see tuesday, paris, baka bakari, thank you. we're waiting to hear from the president of the united states. thank you. air force one, i can tell you, there it is. raleigh, north carolina, on the tarmac officially touching down. we'll hear from president obama momentarily from chapel hill north carolina. a state he won in 2008, lost in 2012, we'll take that live. also ahead, could you call it buyer's remorse? donald trump is now reaching out to a unique group of voters who've already cast their early ballot for hillary clinton, might be having second thoughts and by the way in some of these states you can change their mind and that's exactly what mr. trump is asking them to do. somehow that legally possible? we should look into that.
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also breaking news, a suspect is in custody accused of killing two police officers early this morning, apparently ambushing them while they were sitting in their squad cars, new information on a possible motive and just the emotional reaction in this one community. we'll be right back.
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. the hunt is over for a suspected cop killer in iowa. investigators have captured 46-year-old scott michael greene. this is the man accused of ambushing not just one but two police officers from separate
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police agencies very early this morning. both officers totally unsuspecting victims just sitting inside their patrol cars at the time of the attack. >> on the des moines police department side it was sergeant anthony beminio, he goes by tony and he's been with us since 2005. he had some prior service at another local police department prior to that. he was promoted last year. a great guy in this department, a good friend, fantastic family man, it's hard to lose tony. the chief will speak about the other officer killed, i'll give you his name, it's officer justin martin. he's been employed with the urbandale police department since 2015. >> jean casarez has been following this. our hearts go out to the families and communities. how did this happen? >> it all started this morning,
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a little after 1:00, justin martin, the officer you saw on your screen, he was patrolling and he was about to go through an intersection in his squad car and what they said minutes ago in the last press conference is that he probably didn't even know that to the side of him that one was about to shoot him as he s in his patrol car and he was walking, ebl, the perpetrator they say was walking not in a car himself, he was dead on the scene. 20 minutes laider a des moines iowa in his patrol car conceivably going to help other officers because of what had just happened to one of their own was shot in his patrol car at an intersection, he was taken to the hospital and he died. we don't know too much about tthe suspect -- and we're still calling him a suspect -- because he was not arrested. he was walking down the street in dallas county, another county in iowa, and summoned a state employee saying he needed medical help. he's in a hospital. they want to question him, he
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has not been arrested, but they did say at the press conference he has a daughter himself in the local high school, they don't know his criminal background, but they did say that several weeks ago he was at a high school football game and he was allegedly waving a confederate flag in the faces of black people sitting in the stands. the officers asked him to get off the private property. he finally reluctantly did it and they issued him a warning for trespassing, no charges but a warning and they will not say if they believe that has anything to do with today but he has not been charged. >> keep us posted in that changes, jeanne, thank you so much. moving on, after 17 months of campaign ago new trump in the final week, a disciplined trump, we'll talk live with one of his advisors about their strategy and how they are keeping him off twitter. plus, oops, the bush family playing cleanup after jeb bush's son says the former presidents and hiss family may vote for
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hillary clinton. their reaction next.
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is. you're watching cnn, thanks for being with me. have you noticed donald trump loves dominating the news cycle. he's been doing few interviews, spending less time on twitter, staying on script as the clinton campaign faces new headaches. joining me now, bill press, cnn political commentator and hillary clinton supporter. sarah huckabee sanders is with us, senior advisor to donald trump and nancy collins, reporter for the hollywood reporter who interviewed donald trump in 1994. so great to have all of you with
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me sarah, let me begin with you on trump's discipline. he's talking about obamacare and those premiums going up. up. he's talking about the fbi investigation he's working off a tell prompter script. steve bannon is apparently traveling with him and minding his twitter. can he do this for six more days and what took him so long? >> i think he is making the clargment to the american people and doing a great job. hillary is coming off of the worst week of campaigning she's had in this entire cycle. obamacare premiums are spiking, she's under criminal investigation by the fbi not just her but the clinton foundation and i think it's been a great opportunity for donald trump to talk about his reason to vote for him while hillary clinton's campaign has become nothing but personal attacks and frankly i don't think she has a real reason she's giving the american people to vote for her and donald trump does. it's a great contrast for us moving into the final week. >> you, nancy, spent quite a bit of time with mr. trump some years ago. we wanted to talk to you because a piece of your interview landed
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in this new hillary clinton ad. just knowing donald trump as you do, what do you think this is like for him to stay so on message? >> i think probably agony. you never want to get in a fight with somebody who has nothing to lose and he's had nothing to lose up until the last two weeks. i think he's stunned he's in the position he is and suddenly somebody said "okay, you might win." so he's shut up and they've snatched his cell phone away from him. >> bill press, let me bring you into this, something else we've been hearing from donald trump. i wanted to get to his point about buyers' remorse. there are a certain number of states where if you early vote, you change your vote and donald trump is saying to them change your vote, not too late. >> i think it's too late for everything donald trump is trying to do but i must say -- >> not for some of these people. >> well, as a talk show host, i have to say i'm thinking of suing donald trump. because it's hard to fill three
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hours when donald trump doesn't say anything outrageous, this is not fair to talk show hosts, we depend on donald trump to keep giving us new ammunition everyday and it's been too damn quiet. >> are you disappointed, bill press? you sound disappointed. >> no, absolutely, i count on donald trump. but i think it's too little too late. and the fact is that if you really depend -- 24.4 million people have done early voting according to cnn, if you really depend on that many people to go back and get their ballot and change it and out of 38 states you can only do so in even states, if that is your thread to 270 electoral votes, that's a mighty thin thread. i wouldn't want to count on it. >> well i don't know if he's depending solely on that but it's a piece of it and it could work in his favor. >> even a little tiny, tiny
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piece. >> on this new ad from the hillary clinton camp it included a piece of your -- >> a couple clips. >> from your '94 interview with trump. let's take a look. >> putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing. when i come home and dinner's not ready, i go through the roof. grab them by the [ bleep ]. when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> remind us, you've been on the show and talked about this interview from '94 before. you had a lot of time with him. >> i had four hours, it was unheard of, i was down there for prime time live. he was very respectful but he got into this race for attention, not politics, because this guy, you can't underestimate how much he needs attention, as i said to you before, he's an eight-year-old kid screaming for attention in a 70-year-old guy's body. but you know he is -- there is a
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different side so i do understand why his family might see somebody different because he is a showman. he made a mistake when he was talking about campaigning. he said "in my performances" it was a real freudian slip because that's how he's seen them. >> i'm hearing bill laugh but i'm watching your face listen to her, let's be fair, as a showman, she's saying. >> well, at one point in life he was a showman, she had a tv show but that's not why he ran for president. he didn't need this job. >> you don't think he's a showman a little itty-bitty bit now? >> i don't think anybody in politics isn't in some way a showman. you can't step on stage in front of millions of people and not be comfortable with who you are and i think donald trump is exactly that. and that's the only thing i think he probably is similar to other politicians, in no other way is he conventional and that's why he's done so well. americans are desperate for
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something different than what we have. they're sick and tired of politics as usual, they're tired of the corruptions and scandals and they's all they've seen and they know they'll get that if they vote for hillary clinton. that's one of the reasons donald trump has done so well but particularly over the last ten days we have seen the scandal and corruption and conflict -- >> what about experience? experience is very important. i want a candidate who -- a president who walks in there and doesn't have to have a guide to find the oval office. >> well, look, i think experience does matter but it's executive experience that matters. he has the ability to take in a lot of information quickly, make a decision and move forward with it. hillary clinton may have experience but it's bad experience. everything she has done in the last 30 years in government has been failure. >> that's not true. that's absolutely not true. >> she was a senator who worked very, very well -- >> she may have worked hard but she didn't do anything. >> if i could just in here just
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a minute. first of all, two points. on the showman thing, that's who donald trump is, that's all he is, that's why he is where he is. lett's face it, he's a celebrity from "the apprentice" and that's why he got the votes in the primary. he wouldn't be there if he were not a tv star. sadly the american people are in love with celebrities and that's why donald trump is there in terms of change, i agree with nancy, people want change, change is good but donald trump is an experienced businessman? he's had four failed casinos, a failed university, a failed airline, a failed steak business. go down the list, he's a failure, he's only succeeded in being good on television, that's not good enough for the oval office and i don't think it will get him there. >> we have to wrap it. i will say despite everything it's a close race, we have 6 days to go and i think it's -- no one can predict who might win next tuesday, being fair to both camps. i want to thank all of you. a big moment on the campaign trail.
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any moment president obama just hours after pleading with black voters to show up will speak live in north carolina, we'll take him there to chapel hill. oh, james taylor! let's listen. ♪ can't you see the sunshine, can't you just feel the moonshine ♪ and ain't it just like a friend of mine ♪ to hit me from behind you pay your car insurance premium like clockwork. month after month. year after year. then one night, you hydroplane into a ditch. yeah... surprise... your insurance company tells you to pay up again. why pay for insurance if you have to pay even more for using it? if you have liberty mutual deductible fund™,
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almighty florida, six days until this country chooses its next president in the all-important sunshine state, still very much in play. check out these numbers. a new cnn/orc poll showing clinton ahead just a little bit. donald trump is there in florida today taking his battleground blitz to miami. meantime, clinton has been spending a lot of time in florida, new campaign moves indicate deeply blue michigan may be the latest state to gain battleground status. clinton just added a last-minute rally in detroit on friday and we learned the campaign has dropped six figures on political
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ads in michigan, paying unusual attention to a state that has voted for a democrat the past six elections. so that's why we wanted to talk to kathleen grey, a reporter for the "detroit free press." also with me adam smith, political editor at the "tampa bay times." so great to have both of you but can we start with michigan, kathleen. why is she going to the reliably blue state such as yours? >> well, donald trump has been making inroads. he was at a couple rallies with thousands of people. his three kids are here, two of them today, donald, jr., and ivanka. mike pence is here tomorrow. eric trump will be here friday. trump is dumping i think $750,000 into advertising in michigan as well so he's making a play for the state so clinton has to respond in kind.
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we have bernie sanders here today having a couple rallies and she'll be here on friday for a get out the vote rally in detroit. it's an important area for her to get votes out. >> you mentioned bernie sanders, he took michigan so now he's trying to help her out. adam, to you, florida, you wrote about this this week, latino vote soaring but the african-american and also millennial turnout is down. why do you think the last two groups aren't quite as excited about her? what do you make of the set up there? >> we're kind of in unchartered territory because we have so many more people voting earlier than election day. you had four million people cast votes so it's hard to tell how many people would already have voted that are voting early. right now i can tell you the democrats are feeling very good
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two weeks ago and less good today. african-american turnout is slow compared to the early out if four years ago. it may get better but it has a ways to go and republicans are doing a bit better than people thought they would do. >> there's been talk about how could there possibly be the same african-american excitementment as there was initially with president obama, the first black u.s. president but in talking to voters, just quickly, what do you think hillary clinton could do, could say, to get them on her team by next tuesday? >> well, i think they're doing it. you see bill clinton here they're going all over the state to urban areas and targeting african-american voters. obama is on the radio all over the place. so they are reminding people this is very much about barack obama's legacy.
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>> president obama is speaking momentarily in north carolina. adam and kathleen, thank you so much. meantime, in chapel hill, north carolina, the scene is set air force one has landed and the great chapel hill's own son james taylor, love him, singing for the crowd. a nice leadup act to the president. we'll take it live. stay with me.
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top of the hour, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. in moments, hillary clinton's surrogate in chief president obama is set to take the stage in north carolina. james taylor getting the crowd revved up in chal