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i'm john berman. quite a morning. happening this morning on capitol hill, two different moments for two parties. republican senators are behind closed doors getting to see what is in their own health care bill and if they can rally behind it. as for the democrats, minutes from now, we are going to hear from house minority leader, nancy pelosi. this is the first time she will make remarks after some said she should step aside as party leader. this could be very interesting. how will she respond? a lot going on on capitol hill. we are going begin with health care. phil mattingly is following that. phil, they are behind closed doors. what did we learn? >> reporter: the element is what they are learning. senators didn't know the d direction this is heading. we are getting a sense of that.
in many ways, john, interestingly enough, it closely resembles what we saw out of the house. there are things that are crucial to get them in line. run through it quick. it's very important to note what the house bill did to the medicaid on the whole is dramatic reform. changing the federal funding structure. the senate bill, as it's currently drafted would go further, actually cutting how federal funding is spent, tacking it on to how to gauge and the measure of the spending grows. it also changes from the house bill to medicaid expansion. that is an important point for several senators who come from medicaid expansion states. it's a more gradual process. there's a shift in how people will be able to finance some of their subsidies. there's more tacked on at age and income as well. when it's compared to the
affordable care act subsidies, that is set at a maximum level. it will be dropped to 350%. there's a lot of changes we are seeing it's worth noting, there are opportunities to amend the bill. senators that have concerns, it's likely if those concerned are multiplied by several, they may be addressed t. question is, as it is presented, when senators come out, how they feel, what signals they give. there's an important aspect, the cbo score should come next week. it will help senators make up their mind. all that happens is how you get to 50 votes. this policy is important on the political level and for every day individuals. can they get their members there on both fronts? they want to vote thursday. john? >> we are watching for the first reactions, their faces when they emerge. so crucial, phil, we will bring it to you live when it happens.
cnn has details on the russia investigation. according to multiple sources, two chiefs told investigators president trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between the campaign and russia. cnn's chief political correspondent, dana bash, part of the team breaking this story. what have you learned? >> what we gathered from sources is a glimpse of what two chiefs said behind doors and to members of the senate intelligence committee in separate meetings. multiple sources tell me that dan coats and admiral mike rogers said president trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the russians. in these closed meetings with special prosecutors, at least the team there and the senate intelligence committee, both
intelligence chiefs describe the interactions as odd and uncomfortable. but, they said they don't believe the president gave them orders to intervene in the investigation. now, you may remember, rather, their public testimony both coats and rogers never felt pressured but it contenious. we should say the fact that the president had these conversations at all was first reported by "the washington post" last month. one of multiple democratic and republican sources we talk to for the story said rogers and coats reported trump wanted them to say publicly what then fbi director james comey told him privately, he was not under investigation for collusion. neither thought the president
was asking them to do something they didn't want them to do and importantly, they didn't act on the suggestion. ultme u ultimately, it's up to robert mueller as to whether this is relevant to the investigation. cnn reached out to the white house and muellers office to comment. >> obviously, dan coats and mike rogers failed to comment on this before the senate as they were testifying. >> exactly. >> why, dana? >> reporter: one of the sources i spoke to said coats and rogers asked for guidance from the white house on whether the president would claim executive privilege, which would have meant in that hearing or any hearing at all. they couldn't talk about their conversation with the president. they didn't get an answer from the white house before the testimony. they weren't sure what to say and it was awkward and contentious in the public hearing. we are told in private, the
briefings were much more forthcoming about the conversation they had with the president. >> as for the accounts, james com comey likes to take notes. >> rogers interaction is documented, yes. a memo was written by his deputy at the nsa at the time. one congressional source who i spoke with who saw the memo said it's not like the comey memos, it's one page and doesn't have the details like comey's did. the memo does make clear, according to what i'm told, rogers thought this conversation he had with the president was out of the ordinary. as for coats, he didn't appear to document the conversation. >> dana bash, fantastic reporting. fascinating that see how it develops. >> i want to bring in mary kathryn, angry rie, commentator
and david rutger correspondent for t"the washington examiner." i'm going to door "c," angela, the democrats and the growing calls for members within the house democratic caucus maybe for nancy pelosi to step aside. she will speak in a couple moments. let me play the sound of what some people have been saying. >> we need a winning strategy. i think the first step to getting a winning strategy is a change in leadership. >> it's clear that i think across the board in the democratic party, we need new leadership. >> you think nancy pelosi is more toxic than donald trump? >> you know what? the onnest answer is, in some areas of the country, yes, she is. that's the honest answer. >> these are democrats, angela. look, you work for the
congressional black caucus. you worked in the house of representatives. what is your view of this? >> it's complex. there's not an easy answer. there's not an easy fix. here is the reality, when you go through a brutal election like 2016 and turn around and seeing a special election after special election, our candidates not winning. you see $50 million basically in the hole on this georgia election and nothing to show for it, apparently. here is the reality. democrats did make up a lot of ground in a special election that we never should have won. can we place all that blame at the feet of nancy pelosi? absolutely not. here is another reality. there is time for change, not just with the house democrats, with the senate democrats. yes, there's chuck schumer on messaging and a image we have on talking about people about what's important. we can talk about russia and
health care. we can talk about health care and the economy. we can talk about the economy and education. it is time for the democrats to realize that consultant after consultant they continue to hire when they have lost are problematic. that's not just house democratic leadership. that's a collective democratic party issue. we have the leadership at the dnc. this remains an issue. we have to look at the vendors and diversity. nancy pelosi can't be the only woman. that's another issue. there's a generational divide, not just a partisan, but a paradigm issue where they are talking about moderate or uber liberals. we have to make up for all those gaps. we had a brutal election. that's going to take a while to fix. >> it was notable that in the days leading up to the special election, people on both sideses. you heard from republicans and democrats saying, you know t hours up to the polls opened
there, this has become about nancy pelosi as it has other elections. republicans beat up on nancy pelosi in these elections and it is effective and does seem the democrats, some, at least, david, are sick of it. >> in this republican district and others, nancy pelosi is the biggest motivating factor republicans can use to turn out their base and voters outside their base. that's one of the reasons karen handel was successful. pelosi wauz bigger motivator on the right than donald trump was for the people wary of his leadership or against him. that is a factor democrats come to terms with. i think we need to understand something, nancy pelosi has been at the top for a dozen years. there's always restlessness. a leader in congress to serve this long and have democrats go on camera and criticize her and say it's time for her to go is very significant. usually this kind of grumbling
happens from time-to-time, but under wraps. what happens in congress, either right and left is a member services business. what motivates voters, when members are electing leaders on the hill, it's a different calculation. who can get my bills passed and help me raise money. there's a lot of restlessness. this is the kind of thing that could build into something that force pelosi to take a second look and question whether or not she should remain leader. >> we have a new member joining our panel, the president of the united states, donald trump. as we have been sitting here has been making statements on twitter about the russia investigation. let me read you some of what we have. i don't know what one we have on screen here. the latest one, he's talking about the testimony of jay johnson yesterday. why did the democratic national committee turn down the offer to protect hacks. it's all a big democratic hoax.
on the one hand, look, he's right. the dnc refused the help of dhs which they testified to yesterday. they didn't want the government coming in looking at their server. the president is right on that. jay johnson said he regretted that yesterday. on the other hand, continues to say it's all a hoax. mary kathryn, in another tweet, he talked about the russia hacks. he goes, if russia was working so hard on the 2016 election, you have talking about it and questioning whether it happened. >> this is a perfect example of how trump trips it up. i could be bashing pelosi, but i'm talking ability trump's tweets. when he does the public tweeting or privately talking to coats and rogers. he thinks he's not getting enough coverage. the russia investigation is a real story.
he is channelling this understandable frustration that comey and others were telling him that he's not under investigation and wants it made clear to the public. he's doing it in an inappropriate way. if not criminal, unethical. it's likely not criminal, but unethical. he trips himself up. the other part of cnn reporting about this that struck me so trump is coats and rogers asked the white house about it and whether he wanted to exert it. he couldn't answer back to them. again, feel free to exert it to give a clear answer in front of that committee and made for an awkward news cycle. in many ways, he is tripping himself up. >> it did make for an awkward cycle. i said by not answering, it kept them from saying out loud what we know to be true, the president asked them to say there was no collusion.
who knows if they meant to do it or not. one of the mysteries of the white house. mary kathryn, i apologize for not giving you a chance to talk about nancy pelosi. thank youal. behind closed doors, the senate republicans could come out and tell us what is inside their health care bill, plus we will find out if 52 of them actually like it. plus, if the tapes exist, where are they? the clock is ticking for the president to set the record state on whether he records james comey and what is turning into an interesting development. we are waiting to hear from nancy pelosi. this is the first time she's had a chance to speak publicly after the backlash. members from her own party saying it's time for her to step aside as party leader. when my doctor told me i have age-related macular degeneration, amd, he told me to look at this grid every day. and we came up with a plan to help reduce my risk of progression,
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any minute now, the mystery surrounding the senate health care bill will be over. senators are behind closed doors right now. they get to learn the details of what is inside their plan, then we get to hear. the secrecy has been a source of frustration for the democrats and republicans alike. members of the house whaant to know what's going on. here to discuss is tom of new york. congressman, thank you so much for being with us. how have you felt about the behind closed doors meetings on the senate side. do you wish you knew what was going on? >> of course. at the end of the day, whatever the senate is going to act upon, we are going to see it today. we are going to have an open and vigorous debate about it in
america and in the house. >> open and vigorous, shorter than it was under obamacare, you are going to get hours to debate rather than 25 days to debate. i don't want to argue that because we are going to find the details any minute. some have started to leak out. the cuts to medicaid are going to be phased in more slowly. subsidies are based on income, not age. the rating which the house bill allows states to waive out, that is gone, which some people with pre-existing conditions think might be better. my question to you, sir, do you think the senate version, as we are learning about it is better than the house version? >> obviously, we have to look at the final details. i anticipated, ours is a first st step. what the senate does is
hopefully a correction. >> congressman, one of the things president trump said is he hopes the senate bill has more hearth. what parts needed more? >> as you look at the medicaid expansion we understood, there needed to be additional work understanding the resources get to those who need it most so they can access health insurance. that's where the senate was going and i applaud them for fine tuning those provisions, in particular. >> a speech that is going to happen for the democrats. the democratic leader, nancy pelosi is going to talk to the press. there are some democrats calling for her to step aside as party leader. you don't get a vote in that. i'm asking your political impression of what is going on, but i want to do a dramatic statement.
he said i certainly hope the democrats do not force nancy p. out, but that would be bad for the republican party and please let cryinchuck stay. do you think it's better to have nancy pelosi in? >> i am not going talk about that? people on the other side of the aisle we are coming together as 40 members, 20 democrats, 20 republicans that want to govern for the american people. if that's the type of leadership we get, i'm for that type of leadership. >> does it help you solve problems when the president of the united states is doing things like calling chuck schumer crying chuck? is that a way to solve problems? >> i'll let the president speak for himself. our rhetoric is what we can control. we are looking for solving problems, look for the civic
debate we need across america. we'll do our part to make sure it's the tone we set in an open and honest way. >> i respect that. i get you do not get to vote on the democratic leader. also notable is the russia investigation, sir, that the president asked the dni chief and nsa chief, mike rogers, to make a public statement there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia. he asked them to make the statement despite the fact the investigation into that isn't over. what do you make of it? >> i think that's a legitimate question to ask of everybody in america. where is the evidence of collusion? we haven't seen evidence. these investigations have been ongoing for quite some time. i think that's a legitimate question that needs to be asked. if there's no evidence, tell the american people there's no evidence. >> the investigation is still going on, it might be premature to say there's no evidence. i completely understand hour
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that will change soon. they are going to post that bill online. we are going to get reaction from the members coming out of the meeting. interesting to see their faces. susan malveaux is joining me on capitol hill. the nuts and bolts of what we know is in the bill? >> it's important to say the bill could change before there's a vote next week. so far, the headlines on what we expect to be in the bill on medicaid, the expansion will be phased out but more slowly than the house version. there will be drastic changes to the medicaid plan overall. federal subsidies are tied to income rather than age. it mirrors obamacare. conservatives are not going to be happy about that. the eligibility threshold is going to be lowered. surers cannot charge people more for people with pre-existing conditions.
that was such a problematic part of the house bill. planned parenthood is going to be defunded for a year. this is going to be an issue for senator collins who said this is a very important issue. >> susan malveaux, they are behind closed doors. do you sense a disturbance in the force? any way to tell how it is being receive snd. >> i get a sense of that. i have been talking to lawmakers going into the meeting. i had a chance to talk to senator marco rubio yesterday and he was critical of the secretive process, very much so, toning it down saying there are five ways people get their health care, through the v.a. or the individual market or their employer, medicaid, medicare. this is just going to impact two of the five. that is medicaid and the individual market. he was trying to say that he was willing and he said he's willing
to take a first step here to take a look at this and see how it impacts those two areas in his state. i had a chance to talk to senator susan collins. she, too, is willing to take a look at this. she is a critical, moderate republican. they are going to count on her vote and that planned parenthood issue is critical. that is something that is going to be very hard for her to budge on, even with the fact that it is just for a year that they are defunding that. those are two people that i know that are highly anticipating potentially problems with this. also a willingness, if you will, to work with the leadership. >> elizabeth cohen, i want to bring you in here. what about me? what does this mean for my health care? who might be most affected by the changed? >> so many americans are going to be affected. let's go down the list, john. first of all, people who buy
insurance on their own, over 50, they are going to get hit big time. their premiums are going to go way, way up with the house bill. it will be interesting to see. people buying their insurance on their own and have a pre-existing condition, the house, under certain circumstances, what the house did could put insurance for these folks in peril. buy insurance on your own and you go to the doctor. that sounds crazy, so basic, but the obamacare mandated coverage for benefits, one of them being doctors services before obamacare. insurance can be skimpy if you bought it on your own. we'll have to see what the senate does. do they undo what obama did? we have to see. if you are on medicaid, if the senate does what the house did, it could be a big difference in your life. there's major funding cuts under the house version for medicaid. also planned parenthood, you heard m.j. and suzanne talk about the defunding.
folks who depend on these clinics, there are many millions of them, they could be in trouble. i talked to one woman in southern california who said my clinic is likely going to have to close. she said she will go to mexico for coverage. that's how it happens. >> elizabeth, half of americans get their insurance through their employer. do they need to pay attention here? right. everything i said doesn't pertain to people who get their insurance through their employer. what i'm about to say this does matter. it does matter. when you get your insurance through your employer, there are limits to what you pay out of pocket. before obamacare, you could use up your lifetime max quickly and you end up shelling out for the rest and insurance companies could say, sorry, we are done. you are in charge of paying. it will be interesting to see, does the bill that ends upcoming out of the house and senate, does it reverse the obamacare
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live pictures right now where nancy pelosi is speaking for the first time since members of her own party asked her to step aside. let's listen. >> they have a right to vote and their vote will be counted as cast. counted as cast. many people sacrificed so much for the right to vote in our country. abraham lincoln, we know. the civil rights movement. you see the evidence. they are going to go home and say you can't have a vote. it's nice for them to pay their respects, but the ultimate respect is to respect the right of every american who is eligible to have that right to vote. so, again, we want to work every single day to advance this call. the public should know that
there are obstacles to participation, to our democracy, that our founders thought of something completely different from this. it's a sacred right. it's the basis for a democracy. i don't think when you go to heaven and see our founders, how do you approach them and say i have done everything in my power to suppress the vote. >> the house democratic leader speaking about voting rights and the health care bill, showing no signs, at least not yet, that she plans to heed the calls to step aside as house democratic leader. she will speak to reporters. she's going from this event to a microphone. in the meantime, time is running out at the white house to answer like they said they would, if tapes actually exist of president trump's conversation with james comey while he was fbi chief. when asked yesterday, they said
they will have something to tell this week. so, that means today or tomorrow. we are still waiting. joining me now to discuss this and everything else going on with the russia investigation is a man who helped draft the impeachment articles for then president, bill clinton. congressman, thank you for being with us, i appreciate you being with us, sir. >> good to be with you. thanks. >> i want to ask you about developments in this investigation that cnn is learning as part of an exclusive. the president asked the director of national intelligence, dan coats and mike rogers to go public and say there was no collusion, between the trump campaign and the russians. there's still an investigation going on. do you think that is proper, sir? >> no. but there are a number of things here. the president really need tos t understand this is an investigation of an attack by a hostile, foreign power at the
heart of our republic and if he were wise, he would open up the doors and say let's look into it, come and see what all i've got because we've got to know what happened here. as it is, i think you are risking every step he takes toward trying to stop an investigation. he risks obstruction of justice. >> it's interesting and you have written and op-ed on this. let the sunshine come in. not calling for that this morning. he said why did the dnc refuse to turn over a server to the fbi. it hasn't. it's a big, democratic scam, an excuse for losing the election. the first part is true, jay johnson, the former secretary had concerns why they wouldn't let the government in to help figure out what was going on. the second part, it's a scam, an excuse for losing the election.
dismissing the entire investigation into russian hacking. what do you make of it? >> i think it's a really dangerous thing to say. i mean, what we need is a president that realizes this is a serious attack by a hostile foreign power at the heart of our republic. what we need to do is get to the bottom of it. especially in looking forward to my colleagues, my republican friends, really getting after this investigation because the best way to give trust to the american people is to get to the bottom of this, the way to build distrust is to try to stop it, obstruct it, explain it away. those kind of things won't work because the american people need to know what happened here. >> a bit of breaking news here. the senate health care bill, i want to tell our viewers did just post online. the full version, 142 pages. i'll tweet a link to it so you can start reading if you are
interested in it. in the meantime, you wrote an op-ed in the "washington post," which was interesting. it's a letter to your republican, former colleagues in the house of representative who is you get a sense you believe aren't taking this seriously enough. you, essentially are saying, if this were on the other foot, a democratic president, the republicans are looking at it much, much more closely. >> yeah, say hillary clinton won the election and say the fbi director, james comey had reopened an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server. say she fired him because she was angered by him doing that. republicans would be howling about that. we would be talking about impeachment. we would be talking about obstruction of justice. as it is, we are wimpering. we are not after this thing. we need to be really after it. this is much more serious than that. she might have revealed some of
our secretes inadd vvertently, here, we are talking a hostile con triattacking us and our voting system. that's a very serious manner. if anyone, as james comey said, if any americans were involved in that, it's a really big thing. so, we should follow this investigation wherever it goes, especially republicans for our own credibility should say, you bet. we are going to get to the bottom of this. if it leads to the president or his family or campaign, so be it. we got to get to the bottom of it. >> you actually have a theory about why republicans might not be pressing harder. you call marco rubio by name. part of the reason is the media environment. what do you mean? >> well, what it is, there are people like at fox and friends who are constantly apologizing, explaining, minimizing this possible investigation and the result is, they feed the 38%-39%
that are loyal trump supporters. they are the ones that will ultimately kill the republican party because they want to go back todays that never existed. my party is a great risk here. we need a former thinking conservative that answers questions with free enterprise like climate change. there's a free enterprise answer there. we could get with that. as it is, because of fox and friends and others that are constantly explaining, apologizing, minimizing for the president, that 38%-39% is fed that steady diet. so, they are sticking with him without question. it's really it's an advocation of the responsibility of journalists. journalists should ask questions, what about this? what about that? not explain away.
it's a combination of media, people that support the president in their broadcast and it's impact on the 38%-39%. at some point, 38-39% will realize we have been had, but not yet. that's what's holding us back. >> we are trying to ask the questions here, at least, sir. we ask them every day. the flip side of that is, do you think there's any element of this that is democrats are pushing too hard? i mean last night, for instance, the democratic members wrote a letter asking why michael flynn's security wasn't revoked and suggesting jared kushner's should be revoked. i'm not sure how much evidence exists on both figures. are democrats pushing harder than they should? >> to be clear, when they talk about articles of impeachment, yes, it's way too soon. we are talking investigation.
it is, however, time to get to the bottom of this and to investigate it fully. and to really throw open the doors, go right at it rather than explaining or minimizing. no, it's not time to draft articles of impeachment. you only do that if you find cause. you find cause after a thorough investigation or maybe the president is exonerated, in which case the american people would be reassured. >> congressman of south carolina, thanks forring wi bei us. i appreciate your time, sir. we have breaking news. the senate health care bill has been posted online. we are pouring through the pages and maybe more importantly in the near term, we are getting our first reaction from the republican senators, do they have the 50 votes they need to get through? stay with us. screen. helioplex™ powered, uva uvb strong.
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asked her to step aside as the house democratic leader. we are monitoring the remarks. a half minute ago, the senate republicans posted their version of the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. where are we going first? are we talking health care or nancy pelosi? all right. we are going to keep an eye on nancy pelosi. we are going to phil mattingly on capitol hill. run, don't walk to your computer, phil because the republicans posted the bill online, 142 pages. what do we know? >> reporter: 142 pages. the bcra. the key elements, we know a good deal about. it repeals the obamacare taxes with the exception of the cadillac tax. it appeals some mandates, key elements we knew were going to be in there. the details like medicaid, whether the expansion goes away as quickly as the house version
did. the answer is no. it goes more slowly. that is something they wanted to have in the bill. on the tax credit side, a lot of criticism from the president himself that the subsidies were not generous enough. that's largely backed up by analysts that show it would be difficult for lower income individuals to be able to finance their ability to pay for health care. this bill tries to address that changing the way the tax credit would be applied here, going by income instead of age entirely, trying to make it less flat. that's something there as well. a shift from the affordable care about subsidies. that threshold is 400% of the poverty level. >> stand by one moment. stand by one moment. some of the details in the bill, nancy pelosi who i doubt has had a chance to see it is talking ant it right now. let's listen. >> so sad, mr. president.
mean and heartless. this is the same thing. it's the same bill. it will do exactly what the house bill did, increase cost for fewer benefits, an age tax, people 50 or 64 may be paying five times more. undermine medicare reducing the years of solvency and tens of millions of people will see what the cbo comes down with. millions and millions and millions of people will lose their health care. in addition to that, it takes away the essential benefit package. leave it up to the state. it does serious harm to the states, which throws a few crumbs in in terms of medicaid and clobbers the states, making them unable to meet the needs of their people. so, i'm very proud of our members.
they understand trump care is hard on veterans, seniors, rural communities and working families. it is a job killer, too. it's estimated the house bill will lose 1.8 million jobs. i got a pinoccio for saying 1.9. we'll be presize. this is a working draft. probably something where they put some terrible things in so they correct them and members say it's better now. but it still has to pass cbo. we haven't seen what that is. so, it is if the american people are shut out of the debate as they have been. we want to make sure they are not shut out of their health care. speaking of jobs, 1.8 million jobs, many of them in rural areas. changes in medicaid. many more hospitals will have to close. when a hospital closes in your
area, it's a bad thing for the health and well being of the community, that's for sure. it also is about reducing the attraction that community might have to attract business. why would you choose a place that did not have health care accessibility there? when they talk about access, they talk about emergency room, they wouldn't have that. we wouldn't call that access. that's the most expensive and detrimental to the well being of the american people. back to the jobs lost by the health care bill. it is -- we haven't seen a budget. budget we have seen from the president we lose 1.4 million jobs. some of that is overlap with the health care bill, not in addition to. we haven't seen the infrastructure bill. again, we haven't started with the budget. we know what the health care
bill would do. this is a big problem. no budget, no infrastructure and no tax bill. we thought we could work together on infrastructure and the corporate rate and close special interest loopholes, creating growth working together. i fear that what they may do is just get through this debate on health care to enable them to get on to the debate about taxes and just, again, trickle down economics to prevail. one other point i want to make is this bill that the republicans put out a working draft is, yet again, a tax bill disguised as a health care bill. they need this in order to do their tax breaks for the high end to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, which is unfortunate. i know you probably have interest in what happened in georgia this week. the fact is we are very proud of the race that was run there.
the candidate who carried the banner, john ossoff had a great campaign. i was interested in some of the statements of the people from georgia saying, hey, we reduced by 20 points what the advantage had been in that district for the republicans. this is good news for us, for our legislative races and congressional races and also statewide. i think our chairman gets a great deal of credit for the work that was done. in these four races, it adds up to 71 points, 25 points carved off the republican majority in kansas. another big chunk in montana. another big chunk in south carolina, another big chunk in georgia. nearly 20 points. so, over 71 points.
by all accounts, if you are a republican, this is not good news to you. victory because it shows where the as a rule neshlt on the republican side. we take pride on the candidates who ran their campaign and the difference they have made. these are not races that are priorities. they are races chosen by the president to replace, when he appointed cabinet officers. when dwryou do that, you choose districts you know your party will win. little did they know the serious damage they would do to their party in terms of reducing majority. they have now made these very competitive races. single digit, five and below for some. these are opportunities for