tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN November 5, 2016 4:00pm-5:01pm PDT
crunch time. donald trump and hillary clinton about to rally supporters in key battleground states as new polls show the race getting even tighter tonight. plus, trump slamming jay-z's bad language. and trapped in mosul for 24 hours, arwa damon tells us what happened. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. welcome to a special edition of "outfront" on this saturday, the final push. it's just three days until election day.
as hillary clinton and donald trump make their closing arguments to the nation, the race has tightened even more. hillary clinton hosting a free katy perry concert in philadelphia tonight. that's about to kick off. there's a lot happening this evening. donald trump is going to be rallying supporters in the crucial state of nevada and we'll take you live there as well. but the polls tonight, it's really neck-and-neck. it's gotten tighter in the last 24 hours. clinton has a one-point lead over trump, which is a virtual tie. last night, that was five. so it's gone from five to three in just 24 hours on our poll of polls. clinton spending most of today in florida and then in pennsylvania. there, she thanked jay-z and beyonce for performing a concert for her. >> my personal favorite part was beyonce had her backup singers and dancers in pantsuits.
>> trump had rallies in four states and today melania trump was with him. >> he's also compassionate, thoughtful, giving and loving. donald cares -- >> our reporters are fanned out across the country in these frantic closing hours of what is truly an historic race. brianna keilar is at the katy perry concert which is about to start in philadelphia. brianna, maybe something you never expected. what is the closing message from clinton tonight? >> reporter: the closing message is vote. that is what these final days are about. it's about riling up folks, specific folks who clinton wants to help secure a pathway to the white house. pennsylvania is so key to her
strategy. philadelphia is so key to her strategy in all of pennsylvania. and particularly, we're talking about suburban women. there are pean of thmany of the brought their daughter out for this show. >> reporter: hillary clinton campaigning in florida today. >> it's a big state. a lot of ground to cover. >> reporter: the fourth time she's been in this state this week, thanking the crowd for braving the rain to see her. >> my friends, you are a hearty bunch standing out here in the rain. i don't think i need to tell you all of the wrong things about donald trump. but here's what i want you to remember. i want to be the president for everybody. everybody agrees with me, people who don't agree with me, people who vote for me, people who don't vote for me. >> reporter: recent polls put florida at a statistical tie and with 29 electoral votes at stake, clinton's campaign sees the sunshine state as one way to block donald trump's path to the white house and they are encouraged by high hispanic
voter turnout by those voting early. >> every day in this campaign is exciting and being here with all of you, the last saturday before election day really gets me geared up. we are seeing tremendous momentum, large numbers of people turning outbreaking records. >> reporter: clinton and her long bench of surrogates are fanning out across battleground states in these final hours before election day. tim kaine also campaigning in florida and vice president biden in his home state of pennsylvania slamming donald trump. >> the guy who wants to be president getting up at 3:30 in the morning and tweeting vitriol about a woman's body, her weight, calling women pigs. i mean, imagine -- i get the back of my father's hand quicker than -- no, i really -- i really
mean it. you know what i'm talking about. can you imagine at your dinner table your father and mother allowing you to speak that way? >> reporter: clinton is also tapping star power. her campaign is out with a new ad featuring katy perry. ♪ i've got the eye of the tiger ♪ >> reporter: and of course, katy perry will be performing ahead of hillary clinton speaking to this crowd here, erin, in west philadelphia. if last night is any indication of what we would expect at the jay-z/beyonce concert, we would expect a huge concert and hillary clinton to make brief remarks as she tries to urge people to get out to vote. but just a sense of how important philadelphia is, hillary clinton is going to be back here on monday. it is one of her final stops on the day before election day and she's going to have a lot of help. she'll have her husband, her daughter chelsea, president obama as well as first lady m h
michelle obama will be with her in the city of brotherly love. >> brianna, thank you. kyung lah is live at the trump rally in reno. >> reporter: making a final case, a closing message that he wants to deliver to these large crowds greeting him. this crowd here in reno, nevada. we anticipate it will be hitting hard on the clinton e-mail controversy. he'll be talking about booting the political trade, the economy, all of this message being delivered as part of a mad dash as he tries to hit as many states as possible. ♪ >> reporter: the trump's side by side in neck-and-neck north carolina, a must-win state to hit 270. melania trump on charm offensive. a rare appearance on the campaign trail. >> he's also compassionate,
thoughtful, giving and loving. donald cares -- >> reporter: three days until election day, donald trump mostly on message, on script in north carolina. >> the clinton family have made themselves rich by being in politics. >> reporter: but earlier at his tampa rally in crucial battleground florida -- >> future construction worker. >> reporter: donald trump lashed out at clinton's support from b beyonce and jay-z, talking about the bad lyrics. >> we don't need jay-z to fill up arenas. should i use that language? >> no. >> can you imagine if i said that? >> reporter: of course, trump has used plenty of other language that has landed him in trouble. trump then pivoting back on script, pounding away at
clinton's achilles heel, her use of a private e-mail server. >> if she were to win, it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis. >> reporter: the e-mail controversy is central to the closing message trump is toting as he zigzags across the country, visiting at least ten states between now and monday,
four to crucial battleground states. the states trump can't hit will see this. >> our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the american people. >> reporter: an unconventional $4 million two-minute long ad. trump's final national message will run during ncaa, nfl and nascar events this weekend. and during major primetime programming before tuesday. >> the only thing that can stop this corrupt machine is you. the only force strong enough to
save our country is us. >> reporter: trump also taking the conventional turn as a republican presidential candidate delivering the weekly republican address. >> it's time to close the history books on the clintons and to open a bright new chapter focused on the great citizens of our country. >> reporter: this is trump's last event of the day. he will end his day here in reno. we are anticipating, erin, that he will be here in just under an hour to deliver those closing argument remarks. erin? >> thank you very much, kyung. we'll hear donald trump live here on cnn tonight. we're going to be hearing bill clinton and katy perry live here tonight. let's go to david chalian in washington. that poll of polls is obviously narrowing. we truly are here neck-and-neck. what are the most likely paths to 270. >> there's no doubt about that. three-point lead for hillary clinton. 46% to 43%.
it doesn't get much closer than that. and that, of course, means that it is narrowing in some of the key states. we've talked before about hillary clinton's blue wall of defense here. wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania, virginia. this is what gives her an advantage in the electoral map, that those states are leaning her way. but some late worry from team clinton on michigan. remember, let's look at the most recent
michigan poll. 42% to 38%. a four-point race in a state that barack obama won by nine points four years ago. so that is giving heartburn there in michigan. some better news for the clinton campaign coming in iowa. a brand-new poll there, 44% to 43%. dead heat, second poll in as many weeks that shows a real dead heat in iowa. we have it leaning red on our map but the clinton campaign sees some possible, possible opportunity there. and then, of course, in nevada, they are getting some good news in the early vote in nevada and they are feeling pretty good about that. so what does this mean for the
path to 270, as you said? hillary clinton is at 268. let's give her nevada. that would get her over the hump. she would be at 274. if, however, donald trump is able to make inroads in michigan where we'll see hillary clinton go again, bill clinton, barack obama all in the next couple of days, not a state they thought they'd be in. if he wins that, look at that, her number drops down to 258. so where does she go to get back over 270? that's when she needs a state like north carolina or florida. either one of those states would do it. we're right back there looking at those two critical states on tuesday, erin. >> joining me is corey lewandowski, maria cardona, alex burns, national political reporter for "the new york times," jamie gangel.
let me start with you, alex. polls are tightening. in our polls of polls, which we like to look at -- an individual poll has her up just one. but from five points to three in one night, that's a very quick tightening here. >> it certainly is and why a lot of democrats, when they look at the election calendar, they are glad it's on tuesday instead of three weeks from now. places like michigan, as david was showing on the map, do appear to have tightened. but a four-point lead with only two full days left of campaigning level is still a pretty significant lead and so what you're seeing now is clinton sort of hopscotching across the map to states that vote exclusively on election day. there's no early voting. she's not been able to bank an advantage the way she has in nevada to try to juice the turnout at the last minute. >> john, this was interesting. he makes a point about four points. george w. bush won overall by -- when you look at overall, what was a mandate, obviously four points is a landslide but in
some states you're being looking at one points in the polls and a lot of states there's one point in the polls. it could go either way. >> that's right. obviously the election will be decided by electoral votes. but that's why the turnout game is going to be so important. >> uh-huh. >> this is something that the democrats have an edge on. you know, the hillary clinton campaign, robby mook, she specialize in get out to vote efforts and organization. that's not been donald trump's strength. it's been galvanizing a movement for the power of earned media. the question is whether that will translate on election day. that's the real thing to watch. does organization meet the bridge. >> i want to go back to what david said. all roads lead to michigan, ladies and gentlemen. not only has the clinton camp gone back there, they are bringing in barack obama, bill clinton is there tomorrow, trump is there, ivanka is there. they are really making an
attempt for this. there is one other state to talk about right now, which is florida, which has been neck-and-neck. we are seeing the hispanic vote lead going for her. puerto ricans who are democratic voters who don't get to vote for president when they live in puerto rico but those who have moved to florida, they can, the democrats did a big job of registering them and i think it will be quite an irony where we started this campaign with building a wall and what donald trump said about mexicans if puerto ricans are not mexicans but if in the end hispanics are the edge vote that bring her on top. >> cubans in florida are not as excited about donald trump. they tend to be more republican. but if you look at the new univision poll, it's something like only 48% say that they are on board with donald trump and, you know, 43% aren't really sure about him.
so that -- that also is going to affect him. >> a lot of this comes down to game day, corey. maybe in some states it's already going to be too big of a gap to make up, maybe in others, not so much. they don't have a ground game. they don't have as many offices, they are not going to be able to get as many people to the polls on election day. >> it's the same argument we heard in the primaries. donald trump has no ground game and won and no ground game in nevada, won out there by 18 points. that was the same -- let's look at race. if donald trump doesn't win florida, he cannot be the president of the united states. there's no question about that. all of a sudden, the trump campaign is on the offense. they are going to states that hillary clinton has pulled out of or reduced her pie from. if you get to 270, what was supposed to be an election landslide for hillary clinton
has the race at 216 for hillary and 164 for trump and then it's a toss-up. it's going to come down do the states that you can't vote early in. >> are you glad that there's really only two days left because we could county election night but -- >> yes. and i think people should be concerned. co complacency is how you lose. going into this four years ago, barack obama and mitt romney were tied. i think that democrats, and especially this year, hillary clinton, has a huge advantage in florida, nevada, colorado, even arizona. and even places like pennsylvania and ohio where you have a smaller share of the hispanic vote but that, to me, is the hidden hillary vote
because they are not showing up on likely voter models. these public polls do not poll hispanics because they don't use bilingual callers. >> you're going to see big ads coming out. donald trump put out a two-minute summary of everything that he stands for. let me
play just a brief clip for you. >> the establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. for those who control the levers of power in washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don't have your good in mind. the political establishment that is trying to stop us is the same group that's responsible for our disastrous trade deals. >> effective? that is boiling down what has been the most effective and successful part of his argument. >> exactly. and that's probably why they did it. but it doesn't take away all of the other things that have
happened over the course of this election. so if you woke up from a slumber and saw that and that's the only thing you saw, maybe you'll have one up on donald trump but most people have seen the whole picture. >> this is the rip van winkle story. it's a very good argument, right? it's his best argument. he's the outsider. he's taking on corruption in a way that appeals beyond boundaries but as jackie said, part of the tragedy of donald trump's campaign is he has not campaigned on a consistent basis. he's been divisive in a way that does not help build the coalition to win the presidency. >> donald trump is obviously very, very successful at appealing to the white working class and to people who feel they have gotten the short end of the stick in this economy. if you're an upscale, college-educated, white republican professional living in the suburbs, maybe you work
at a bank of america or another institution, these are people who trump badly needs to come home if he's going to catch up with clinton. >> so i imagine you're looking at polls, what, 81% of republicans support him. >> more importantly, look at the african-american vote that donald
trump is getting. look at the last two polls in pennsylvania and michigan. he's getting between 15 and 19% of the vote and the african-american vote is much lower than what it was -- >> the polls you're referring to are not ones that we use here. >> but if you look at it, if there's a 7.5% turnout, that's one point overall for hillary clinton. that's very realistic that the african-american turnout is not going to be what it was in historical proportions. that should be troubling for the obama coalition that she can't put together. >> that's when hispanics come in because they are -- it's part of her new coalition that she's
been building throughout -- >> if you're going to rely on the entire hispanic coalition, then -- >> coalition is more than one thing. >> it's not a giant hispanic population. >> it's not hispanic coalition. it's the hillary coalition which will include high numbers of the african-american vote. come on, the first -- >> what do you mean not the numbers that obama got? that's not going to happen. >> we've got to be real about that. historic numbers of asian americans, which we haven't really talked about, college-educated white voters, especially college-educated white women and frankly, i think republican who is are going to turn around and vote for hillary. there was a poll that was done, a survey of early voters in florida. william and mary. that said that 28% of early voters that had already voted, 28% of republicans had voted for hillary clinton. >> there's no way to know if that's true or not unless they have counted the ballots which
they haven't. moreover, donald trump is winning married, white women and hillary is losing those people. >> he always wins married, white women. >> noncollege educated women he's winning by a huge margin. >> look, we will really have a definitive sense of who's right and who's wrong in two days' time but the fact that donald trump is campaigning in states that haven't voted for a republican since reagan's landslide in 1984, that either is incredibly bold, audacious, shock the world brilliant or it's really, really odd and it's going to look foolish in two days' time but let's also not forget, because of the hispanics in some western states, he plays defense in areas that republicans don't need to worry about. >> so important and it shows that strategy needs to change somehow. either a huge mistake or genius. thanks to you all. next, pictures of what will soon be a big katy perry concert. that's hillary clinton in
philadelphia. you'll be going there live tonight. plus, clinton with her double-digit lead a month ago slipping. could trump turn michigan? >> we need this to happen. we understand that this is the grassroots movement. and our arwa damon trapped in mosul after her convoy was attacked by isis fighters. you're watching a
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edition of "outfront." three days until election day, hillary clinton admits they are seeing a tightening in michigan which is a must-win state for donald trump. he's got to turn some states. this is perhaps the most likely and a new poll there shows clinton's lead that was 11 points a month ago is now only four. clinton has to hold her ground in the one probably blue state. she has a new ad out, as you can see, a little bit here playing and also on the trail there again and again. trump, by the way, also trying to capitalize. his camp has been storming michigan. he's going to go there again. can trump turn the state red? jessica schneider is "outfront." she's in detroit tonight. >> i hear we're doing great in michigan. we're going to win michigan. >> reporter: it's a state that has voted solidly democrat in the last six presidential elections but they are convinced that they are still in play. trump hitting hard in the final stretch. >> we are going to win this again. >> reporter: ivanka speaking at a woman's forum this week.
eric thanking volunteers. he stopped by this grassroots campaign office 30 minutes outside of detroit. >> we're going to win michigan. the amount of scienigns is incredible. >> reporter: they say signs don't equate votes. what do you say about that? >> we'll see about that. >> reporter: they have spent tens of thousands of their own money to support trump. >> you're putting a lot of your own money into this. why? >> oh, absolutely. we need this to happen. we understand that this is a grassroots movement. we see democrats coming in, we see independents, we see the people coming in who have never voted before and they are going, i'm voting this time. >> reporter: these two volunteers say they have made nearly 4,000 phone calls combined in the past week. can donald trump really win this state? >> absolutely. especially over the past week. there's been a significant shift in the feedback from the voters.
i'm voting for trump, my neighbors are voting for trump. >> reporter: in the final week of the campaign, donald trump and the rnc spending about $900,000 on ads in michigan. hillary clinton and the super pacs behind her pouring in 2.3 million. bill clinton made a surprise stop and bernie sanders stopped around the state and bill clinton continues to talk her up to supporters. >> we have people all around the block, thousands of people standing in line. >> reporter: the trump campaign, though, saying the hillary camp is panicking. are they? >> no, absolutely not. wishful thinking on their part. >> reporter: hundreds waited for clinton at her detroit rally on friday. the head of a charter school saying he's doing what he can to get people out to vote. >> we're making sure that the kids are out here and make sure their parents know they have to vote for hillary. go hillary.
>> reporter: and botth campaign are suddenly focused on detroit for two reasons. poll numbers show that trump is gaining momentum and, second, there isn't any early voting here. the campaigns need to make sure that their bases are excited and ensure that those voters get out to the polls one day only on tuesday. erin? >> thank you very much, jessica. my panel is back with me. let me start with you, jamie. it's not just that it's been narrowing. it's the issue of undecideds. the margin in the poll is four. >> yes and the margin of error there is four, too. i'm sure she's happier to be four up but you have 13% undecided in michigan. will they stay home because they can't decide? where will they go? that's the reason everybody and their husband and their daughter and they can get are going to
michigan. >> that's why the e-mail thing actually matters. that's why what comey did with the undecided voters, maybe they are republicans who were going to vote for hillary and now they are not so sure. that's why it's making an impact. >> you see among a small group of voters -- >> reinforcing hillary's negatives, not only from this cycle but the much bigger ones. let's talk about undecideds. it's hard to imagine that at this state in the campaign that there's two sizeable -- people say, i don't know. it's a couple different things. one, it's an undecided -- i know but i'm not going to tell you. >> i.e., hidden trump voter. >> or hidden hillary, which is possible. >> yep. >> is it a jill stein or gary johnson? i want to see the national number. >> another reason people could be undecided is that they hate
them both and may not vote at all or end up making a choice. we spoke with two undecided women in north carolina and this is what they said. >> i've never seen an election time when we've had so polar opposite candidates where i can't decide which is the lesser of two evils almost. >> i just have some concerns and reservations about some of her positions. so for me, it's going to boil down to, you know, are those reservations enough that i would write in another candidate or in the end am i comfortable enough to choose her. >> these are two women. they are not just running to hillary clinton. one of them is an african-american woman and saying lesser of two evils. >> obviously i don't agree with her. but this is a big reason why hillary clinton and the campaign is making a big push not just with hillary but with surrogates. president obama is popular with the african-american community. a couple of interviews were done
yesterday of people who were undecided before they went to see the president at a rally and came out of there deciding to vote for hillary. so surrogates matter, at least the kind of surrogates that hillary has. they focus on specific demographics that they speak to and every single one of those arguments is going to matter in the next 72 hours. >> are you still counting on these undecided voters, whether it's 13%? do you really believe these are real? >> look, there's clearly a percentage of the electorate that is undecided. the question is, in michigan, where donald trump's message has been bad trade deals that hurt you and you see your jobs disappear, i'm going to bring your jobs back, that's going to play well in michigan, a state that was doing very well when the car industry was booming. if those people were undecideds, whether they were blue collar workers working in the
factories, at the end of the day, this is what election day is all about, making sure your people show up. >> it's about election day in a lot of ways. election day is the only day you can vote in many crucial states, one of them pennsylvania. it comes as democrats are trying to shore up support in the key swing states that you cannot vote early in. one of them, as i said, is pennsylvania, which is where a new york congressman is spending time. thank you for taking the time to join me. big night. your candidate is out there, katy perry out there in pennsylvania trying to get the vote out for hillary clinton. the latest polling we have, congressman, clinton beating trump by four points, the previous poll, same poll, poll-to-poll, hillary clinton was up by ten. are you concerned you've lost the momentum? >> not at all. this is a tight race all across the country. that's expected to be expected, erin, because this is a 50/50 country, deeply polarized
country but hillary clinton has the momentum going into the election. i'd much rather be in her position than donald trump's position where he's playing catch-up. i was in philadelphia earlier today. now i'm in harrisburg. there's a tremendous outpouring of support. people understand the states. there's no early voting here in pennsylvania. everyone is gearing up to come out on november 8th. >> now, cnn has partnered with catalyst. they work with progressive candidates to get information on early voting. obviously, as you pointed out, there's no early voting in pennsylvania but there is in must-win states. when president obama was on the top of the ticket, black turnout is down this time in the crucial states like north carolina, like florida, georgia. i don't know if you just heard there, we spoke to an undecided african-american woman in north carolina and her comment was, who am i going to choose, who is the lesser of two evils? are you worried about a lack of enthusiasm that the vote is not
going to be the way that it was for barack obama? >> well, first of all, it's going to be very difficult to approximate the level of enthusiasm that african-american voters had for barack obama in either 2008 or 2012. that was a jackie robinson moment for the african-american community for america in general when president obama was elevated in 2008. however, what i'm saying is that there's an increase in enthusiasm. when you look at the early voting numbers in north carolina and florida, we've seen increased intensity over the last few days. the closer that we get to decision time and people realize the stakes, hillary clinton clearly is going to continue the obama legacy. build upon the great things that he's done and keep the country moving forward and donald trump is a frightening candidate for the latino community, asian american community and that's going to be reflected in the numbers that we see the closer that we get. >> hillary clinton has repeatedly criticized donald trump for his language on the
campaign trail and, in particular, his language about him and what he said on that "access hollywood" tape. last night, jay-z sang songs with multiple profanities at a clinton rally. let me play a clip of what we actually heard on the campaign trail from ♪ [ bleep ] ♪ [ bleep ]. >> those profanities, some of them are words that i could never speak on television. jay-z, of course, was using language that demeaned women for years after trump's "access hollywood" tape and trump says that proves hillary is a hypocrite. >> he used language so bad and then hillary says i do not like trump's lewd language.
my lewd language. i tell you what, i've never said what he said in my life. but that shows you the phoniness of politicians. >> congressman, does he have a point? is there hypocrisy here? >> not at all. first of all, i've got great respect for jay-z. he's the hometown guy, we're both from clinton. he's an entrepreneur and a hip-hop mogul. donald trump is a candidate for the presidency of the united states of america. of course he should be held to a different standard. if elected, he would be in charge of the nuclear codes and the leader of the free world. and so to suggest that he should be compared to jay-z, a rapper, is really nonsensical and suggests to me, erin, that donald trump is desperate and reaching. he should be articulating for the american people and instead he's criticizing jay-z and j. lo
and proves how unprepared he is for the presidency. >> we do criticize people for their surrogates. we hold donald trump accountable for his robo calls and white supremacist and it does seem that he should be held to account for using the language that he used last night. >> well, listen, it's entertainment and i'm not familiar with all of the lyrics that were used last night. certainly there seemed to be several bleeps in the clip that you just played. but at the end of the day, he's happily married to beyonce, his wife was there, they are raising a young daughter together, he's contributed to the community in numerous ways in new york city and beyond, often without seeking fanfare and you compare that to someone like donald trump who started his career in the real estate industry with a discrimination lawsuit brought
by, of all people, the nixon justice department and continued his parade of horribles all the way through the birther movement saying that barack obama was born outside the united states of america. so we can talk about surrogates. certainly i wouldn't even compare jay-z to the kkk and david duke and white supremacist and all of the haters throughout the united states of america who are supporting the donald trump campaign. >> congressman, thank you for your time tonight. i appreciate it. cnn will be bringing you all-day coverage on this tuesday. we're standing by, donald trump is about to appear live in nevada and house speaker paul ryan now campaigning for trump. telling voters, i voted for donald trump, using his name. and our arwa damon, his convoy attacked in mosul. her harrowing story coming up on this special edition of "outfront." the new marriott portfolio of hotels
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the isis stronghold arwa and her team came under attack. they were pinned down overnight. that was when backup forces finally were able to rescue them. arwa detailing the chaos, writing in part, gunfire all over, is nonstop. filled with the smell of gunfire from the shooting outside. voice in isis radio frequency. i am surrounded. well, now arwa damon is "outfront" tonight. our senior foreign correspondent. it's miraculous what you went through, the bravery, what happened to you. let's start with the moment you and your crew were forced from your vehicles. isis making you get out. what happened at that moment? >> reporter: well, the convoy that we were in -- and we were with the iraqi counterterrorism troops, got split in half by an isis ambush and they began to systematically target all of the vehicles on either end of the convoy.
basically, shrinking the area that the iraqis and us were located. and this was done by small arm fire, rpgs, car bombs. they managed to precisely target these vehicles, eventually targeting ours. and we could hear the hiss of the tires going out. it was a fairly chaotic situation. we, too, had to basically leave the vehicle behind. it was immobilized. we couldn't move in any direction and take cover from a house. from there, we were moved from one house to another and the core group we were with -- and this is what is quite striking in all of this, most of them were wounded. we were with about 22 wounded iraqi soldiers, six who were not, who basically had to hold these positions we were in, the final position where we overnighted in, they had ammo that was running out, they were trying to call in for backup, backup couldn't come and then
when we woke up in the morning, erin, the fighting began once again. and it was unspeakably intense. the gunfire was coming from all sides. it seems that isis fighters were hold up throwing grenades over the wall, soldiers were wounded in that incident. an air strike finally came in and pinpoint precision here, took out that house. we later found out there were eight isis fighters inside. there were two on the rooftop. there were six on the backroads. and these iraqis, they were fighting despite the fact that they were wounded. they were really up against challenging odds, to say the least. and all of us were very fortunate but it also bears remembering that we only did this for 24 hours. we are safe right now. they are still out there fighting and those families are still living in fear, cowering in their staircases as this all
unfolds around them. >> arwa, this is stunning. you have been in a lot of very frightening situations, okay, you've risked your life to bring these stories to people around the world. but at that moment, when you were first attacked by isis and then you're going from safehouse to safe house, did you really think that this was it, that this was the time that you would die? >> you know, you do end up in these situations where you're constantly wondering if it is that moment and i have to say that this was the most intense, terrifying situation that i have personally been in where you don't question one incident that happens to you and wonder if it was that moment. you actually have an ongoing series of terrifying moments that really heighten your sense of fear. and, yes, you do ask yourself, have i crossed the line this time? because you do have moments of brief respite but then it starts all over again and to hear a
little boy scream out loud, "i don't want to die," to watch a family that you've overnighted with run out of their home in bare feet to try to get to their neighbor's because they think they will be safe there, those are the images that say with you. and this is just the beginning of the battle for mosul. >> the scenes that you have been describing, arwa, are terrifying and also heartbreaking. you actually witnessed at one point during the 24-hour siege a cab driver shot and killed as he was running towards you and towards iraqi forces. what happened at that moment? >> reporter: that was actually unfolding in the very initial stages of this ambush counter attack by isis. bearing in mind that one of the greatest concerns for the troops is attacks by suicide car bombers and this taxi came down a road where the troops had already been receiving incoming fire from. they yelled at him to stop. he stopped. then he came out of the vehicle.
one soldier shouted get down. the other one shouted come towards us. they assumed he was a suicide bomber or at least that the vehicle itself was packed with explosives. they opened fired and then dragged him back, tried to treat him and he died on the side of the road. they still suspect that he was trying to attack them but bottom line is, they don't know who he is and this really goes to the chaos of the situation. the fact that -- and in a lot of these scenarios, the soldiers are assuming that the people coming towards them, especially if they are driving and vehicle and because of the threats that they face are enemies which is why they are trying to tell everyone to stay inside and not come out onto the streets because they can't differentiate between friend or foe and you don't have the luxury of time either. >> arwa, you know, you obviously were not alone. your cameraman was there with you during all of this. how is he doing?
>> yeah. he's good. we're both good. we're both grateful that we were able to get out. we're both, you know, talking about what we went through and what we really reflect on quite a bit is the fact that these soldiers didn't just go through this one day. they've actually been fighting isis perhaps not in battles as intense for the last two years. we're also talking about the fact that this is just the beginning of the fight for mosul. and it is as tough, based on what we've witnessed so far, if not tougher than we or the troops themselves could have possibly imagined. >> all right. arwa damon, thank you so much for telling your story and i think really giving people a totally different perspective than they had on this war that is going on right now in mosul. thank you. incredible reporting from arwa. next, donald trump's turbulent relationship with paul ryan, the house speaker for weeks avoiding using trump's name. is ryan finally coming around
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cnn. with just three days to go until election day, hillary clinton and donald trump are crisscrossing the country. house speaker paul ryan is out campaigning as well. manu raju, "outfront." >> reporter: it was only a few weeks ago that paul ryan said he would not campaign with donald trump. but on saturday, the house speaker sharing the stage with trump's running mate, mike pence. >> paul ryan is one of the great conservative leaders in the united states of america. america should be proud. >> reporter: the crowd was restless. >> facing this country. i'm getting there. just wait. i'm getting there. let me talk to you about the issues. >> reporter: and ryan made clear he was supporting the republican nominee when he cast his ballot. >> i walked in to the city hall in janesville, wisconsin, about two weeks ago and i cast my ballot. i voted for donald trump and mike pence. i voted for ron johnson.
i voted for every republican i saw on the ballots. do you know why i did that? because republicans, it is time to come home and go out and vote. >> reporter: ryan has struggled to come to terms with trump's controversial candidacy. initially refusing to back him. ryan later endorsed trump, even as he sharply criticized him. >> claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sort of like a textbook definition of a racist comment. >> reporter: in the aftermath of last month's leak of a video where donald trump talked crudely about groping women, ryan said he could not defend trump anymore and instead would focus on saving gop majorities in congress. trump letting loose on twitter calling ryan weak and ineffective and in public the gop nominee repeatedly bashing the republican speaker.
>> maybe he wants to run in four years. maybe he just doesn't know how to win. >> reporter: ryan's position frustrating trump supporters won his republican conference. telling cnn, i thought it was an error on paul's part, some like oklahoma congressman going further, threatening to vote against ryan's bid to win re-election as speaker and other house conservatives using their votes as leverage over the speaker. >> will you back paul ryan? >> i don't know the answer to that yet. >> reporter: but ryan has deep support bolstered by his relentless fu relentless fundraising to keep the republican in their hands. he wants total control in washington, including the white house. >> i want us to win it. we are offering what the unified republican government can achieve. >> reporter: and the reason
pence and ryan were campaigning together was to help ron johnson. they believe republicans will lose seats on tuesday but probably keep their majority. that could be a challenge for ryan in the new congress because there would be fewer moderates in a more emboldened conservative wing. >> manu, thank you. next, we'll go live to donald trump's rally in nevada, about to start any moment. stay with us for another hour of "outfront," a special election edition. insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like any of these types of plans, it could help you with out-of-pocket medical costs. call now and request your free decision guide and explore the range of aarp medicare supplement plans.