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♪ i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the president up early and tweeting again. this time about his desire for equal time on tv. come on, mr. president, you have your own channel. and you're welcome here. on any saturday of your choosing. and i will treat you with dignity and respect. today marks one year from the
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day that we learned that russia was interfering with it's u.s. election. and pursuing the russian mettle and collusion will prosecutor robert mueller make president trump testify under oath? that's the belief of ken starr who investigated the whitewater and white house intern scandals. he's here to discuss. plus, with u.s. embassy personnel in what van florida suffering from a mysterious illness, this week, president trump expelled 15 cuban diplomats. are we headed for cold war two? a week after the massacre in las vegas, investigators still trying to learn what drove the shooter. i was in vegas this week and asked its colorful ex-mayor, oscar goodwin, a former mob lawyer who played themselves in cat seen know" about how his city is coping. and megyn kelly trying so hard to cross over from fox to nbc, but struggling with both viewers and critics. in this political divide, is it just impossible for anyone to switch sides?
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but first, they told us, one year ago today, october 7, 2016 brought the news that the russian government was meddling in the u.s. presidential election. at 3:00 p.m., the news came in the form of an unprecedented statement from the director of national intelligence, james k. clapper jr. and the department of homeland security. the statement pointed a finger at vladimir putin without naming him, quote, we believe based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only russia's senior most officials could have authorized these activities. the statement said. to be sure, the statement received coverage, but as detailed in michael isokoff's documentary, 64 hours in october" it was not the blockbuster you might have expected. because it quickly became buried in two other stories immediately
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thereafter, the washington revelation of the "access hollywood" tape, in which was used crude language. followed by the wikileaks chair of john podesta's e-mail. in retro inspects it seems difficult to believe that the release of the dnc e-mails immediately after the post broke the "access hollywood "tape was a coincidence. and both obscured the outcome. election. one story verified the attack on the national security but both of the others appealed to our purulent instincts and captured the detriment of more serious matters. many americans spent the time rubber necking instead of focusing on substance. and some worried whether or not
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not to be concerned about russia based entirely on the outcome. but it doesn't matter who won or whether the outcome was altered but that our partisan differences didn't stop at the water's edge was itself proof of the success. it's been a full year. we didn't listen then. and some of us aren't listening now. joining me now is ken starr, former u.s. solicitor and federal judge. he, of course, was independent counsel in the whitewater internal investigations. judge, nice to have you here. many forget that while president clinton remained in office after your independent inquiry, you nonetheless obtained 14 criminal convictions. here's my question, how likely with regard to russia, that regardless of what happens to the commander in chief there will be multiple indictments of underlings? >> it depends on the facts, but i'll tell you this, given what we do know, especially given
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what happened this summer with respect to the fbi's intrusion and to paul manafort's condominium, in light of the revelations that we're seen about general flynn, i have a sense that there will in fact be indictments. there may be guilty pleas and so forth. but we shall see. what i find very interesting, have briefly is, in light of the information that is now coming out with respect to russian attempts to influence both the national election and 21 different states, what i expect to see is serious consideration of indicting one or more foreign nationals. >> judge, you've said that the president himself will ultimately be under oath in connection with the mueller probe. in what scenario? >> it will probably be by invitation. there will be every effort, i'm confident of bob mueller's a complete professional with total integrity, to respect the dignity of the office of the
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president, which you said at the top of the hour. the presidency deserves respect. and so, the way the likely it will likely work out in the fullness of time is for the president's private lawyers led by ty cobb who is very able and bob mueller personally to sit down and discuss the situation. the president of the united states, during the whitewater investigation was under oath on several occasions. in the white house. there was one occasion, of course, the civil litigation brought by paula corbin jones when he was under oath in a private law office here in washington, d.c. so, it will depend on the negotiations, but i think that is a logical step in bob mueller's eventually completing his investigation. >> do you believe that bob mueller has, or will see the president's tax returns? >> that, i don't know. it would be a logical step, but
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it really depends always on the evidence that you have, and then your assessment of the evidence with your able team, not only of lawyers, but of analysts. and my experience in whitewater, we really depended on superb financial analysts from both the fbi and the irs. these are professional people. they're not motivated by partisan politics. they're simply trying -- whatever their politics are, they leave that and the way to work, i have every confidence that bob mueller will see to it that politics are left at the door. bob happens to be a republican. but he is a fact and law person. and i think that's what we're going to get. we're going to get an ounce assessment of the facts. >> a legal hypothesis, but one that you had to deal with, can a sitting u.s. president be indicted? >> the justice department has an informal policy that the president, the sitting president, cannot. and that is not embodied in any regulation of the like. it is an understanding.
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there have been policy statements to that effect. my own view is that a president of the united states can be indicted. everyone is under the law. >> and i bring this up because, this summer, we learned from freedom of information act request that "the new york times" initiated that there was a memo written at your request, on your watch that looked at the issue, and came to the solution that you've just offered? >> yes. our basic system, going back to magna carta, you know, 800 years ago in england, was that ever person was subject to the law. now, that also means the criminal law. now, what i think our separation of powers system means is that, as i said earlier, the president must be treated with every possible respect. so that can affect scheduling and the like. but the supreme court of the united states held in a civil setting in clinton versus jones, the paula corbin jones,
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unanimously that the president of the united states had to respond to lawful process, including a civil lawsuit. that strikes me all the more so if the criminal laws have been violated which is obviously a big if. >> in the clinton case, you made a determination, correct me if i'm wrong, that a congressional impeachment process was more suitable than the indictment scenario i just asked you hypothetically. in the current case, i want to make crystal clear, judge, is there no showing that would suggest the potential at this stage of such an indictment. so i'm asking it hypothetically. but in the russian probe scenario, would would be better suited, a congressional impeachment scenario like with clinton or an indictment scenario? >> well, i certainly prefer and it is a hypothetical and may it never happen to the state of the country we want to have the policy disagreements sort them out out.
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for the president of the united states, it is in fact preferable for the matter, depending on the nature of the alleged owe dependence, for are the matter to come before the house of representatives, it's the ultimate political act by the people, to determine whether the president is fit to serve in office. and that determination was made. and president clinton's situation. i should just add very briefly that there was a statute under which i was serving that actually directed us, to refer information to the house of representatives. that is -- that statistute is n longer in effect and the position to which bob mueller was appointed does not have that at all. >> and the final point, it ended with an intern scandal. once there's an investigation underway, you really don't know where it's headed. apply that asset to this case. >> yes, that's a stay tuned.
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because information comes in, as long as it arises -- if the information that's coming to you arises out of the investigation, then it's important for conduct the investigation. in my situation, in the whitewater days, we returned to the attorney general of the united states, and said here's the information we have with respect to the monica lewinsky situation. and she, janet reno, explicitly and specifically authorized it. it's a very different mechanism in place now. >> judge starr, thanks so much for your expertise. we appreciate it. >> you're very welcome, thank you. >> what are your thoughts at home? tweet me @smerconish or facebook page. i'll read some responses. i think we're got two ready to go. wrong you are, smerconish, i'm often wrong. it absolutely does matter who is wrong. with russia's hands in the pot, look who we got. >> no, debra, regarding this
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russia probe, to them, they want to know is it outcome determinative, is to which they played a direct role to the relationship of donald trump. we should all be concerned about that, not suited up in partisan armor. one more. smerconish invites real donald trump on air. come on. prez, thing of the ratings. >> look, i have an open door for him. i would treat him with dignity and respect. i would like to think he'd participate in my very direct but fair questioning, and we'll see. still to come, it sounds like a spy novel after u.s. embassy works were stricken by a mysterious illness in havana. is the cold war reunited?
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escalating his response to the mysterious affliction that has stricken american embassy personnel in havana. it's yet another area in which trump is underdoing the legacy of president obama, this time detente between united states and cuba. the cuban government declared it a haste act. where is this leading? joins me now senator chris coons from the great state of delaware. senator coons, if we don't have proof that the cuban government itself was responsible for this mysterious attack, should we have expelled their diplomats in the united states? >> well, that's a great question, michael. this whole incident is somewhat of a mystery. over a number of months, 22 diplomats from the united states stationed in havana and cuba, reported mysterious illnesses. problems with balance, with memory, with their general
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health. and finally, i think, the trump administration acted out of concern that cuba is responsible for the safety of our diplomats in their country. and cuba exercises very close control of everything within their country. their intelligence services, famously intrusive. so, i think the sort of tit for tat retaliation of expelling 15 cuban diplomats was intended to simply ramp up the pressure on cuba to help us resolve this irk and figure out what is the source, the origin, of these mysterious illnesses and likely attacks on american diplomats. >> but where the cubans allowed the fbi to come on their soil and conduct an investigation seems to mitigate against the idea that it was the cuban government itself that was responsible. and i guess what i'm wondering, senator, is whether there are forces at play here who don't wish for their to be a reproachment between cuba and the united states. i mean, frankly, it takes a line
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out of a new work of fiction by nelson demille. but there are those sources out there that have been lying in wait for this kind of policy. and we don't want our foreign policy dictated by intraloafers, that's what i'm trying to say. >> well, michael, it's a virtual misalignment of those who approached with trump rolling back the diplomatic accomplishments of the obama administration. and that this is getting very little attention. i appreciate that you're focusing on it in the midst of swirl about north korea and syria iran, crimea and ukraine, and other issues, the situation in cuba has not gotten a great deal of attention, allowing potentially folks who simply oppose our re-establishing strong relations with cuba to insert themselves into this discussion. >> so, let me continue to work through some of your other -- some of your other
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responsibilities with regard to foreign relations. the president's declining to certify the iranian nuclear deal throws this hot potato your direction on pennsylvania avenue. what do you expect the senate to do? >> well, i think this is a terrible idea, michael. i have vigorously engaged with folks at the trump administration at the most senior level to try and persuade them that giving congress this 60-day expedited procedures period, in which we could very well snap back sanctions against iran and blow up the entire jcpoa, the so-called nuclear deal with iran, that this is likely to end badly. the decertification that we expect from president trump this coming week, based on news reports, will probably be miss understood by our allies and add version saers. it may widen the gap between ours and european allies.
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it will certainly restraint efforts to restrain north korea. my concern, just in the case of discovering with cuba, there are forces within the senate and the house who have opposed the jcpoa from the outset and who will likely take advantage of this opening, to try and blow up that deal. >> and finally, senator, on thursday night, the president was surrounded in the white house by military brass. he said something to the media that has set off lots of speculation. roll the tape and i'll ask you to comment. >> -- what this represents, maybe it's the calm before the storm. >> what's the storm? >> could be the calm before the storm. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. >> lots of storms brewing. which one do you think he's referring to, if any? >> frankly, i think he was just continuing to be the tradition of being a tv reality star to
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make sure folks don't change the channel. that was a very ominous warning. given his blustery against north korea and kim jong-un, i'm not sure that is predicting any imminent attack by the united states. this is a moment, michael, when i'm very concerned that our top diplomat rex tillerson has been sidelined by this president and that there are significant challenges within the state department, in terms of functionality and morale. north korea has got to be our top national security concern at the moment, and there isn't even a nominee to the assistant secretary of state tour east asia. and there isn't even a nominee for ambassador for south korea. i think that they should be given the resources to do the their job. this tv headline grabbing mover by the president, it doesn't necessarily advance our national security. >> did senator corker get it right when he said that the
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generals and secretary tillerson are keeping us from chaos? i'm paraphrasing, but that's pretty close? >> well, i'll say this, the national security team around president trump is very strong. and i hope he takes their advice and gives them the opportunity to help manage our national security and foreign policy challenges. >> senator, thanks for being back. we appreciate it. >> thank you, michael. >> let's see what you're saying on my twitter and facebook pages. what do you have, kathryn. smerconish, canadians and cuba, we're targeted, too, embassy and staff remain. u.s. making big deal. eric, my point is not to understate what's transpired there. whatever this attack was is real and now people bear serz afflictions. i'm concerned that those forces that never wanted us to have reproachment with cuba are using this to their advantage, absent any showing that it was the cuban government that was responsible for the attack.
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but thanks for your comment, i appreciate it. up next, i was in las vegas the last two days and i sat down with the city's former colorful mayor oscar goodman, to find out how his city is recovering. while there, i kept thinking about 9/11, and how new york city's then-mayor handled his city's bounceback with this appearance on "saturday night live." >> "saturday night live" is one of our great new york city institutions. that's why it's important to do the show tonight. can we be funny? [ laughter ] >> why start now. [ cheers and applause ] so we made cardio-health, an innovative way to support healthy cholesterol containing lrc, a probiotic strain that helps you metabolize dietary cholesterol. because we all want to be healthy for whatever comes next. nature's bounty cardio-health.
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more than 500 wounded. at least 88 victims remain in the hospital, 37 in critical condition pmg. investigators still piecing together the actions and motives the perpetrator. but say there's still no sign of any connection to terror or isis in particular. already, one victim's family has filed a court petition over the shooter's estate. investigators believe the attacker may have fired at jet fuel tanks near mandalay bay before firing on the concert crowd. vice president pence flying to las vegas to pay his respects. so, how does a city known for fun and entertainment regain its psyche? there's nobody better to ask than the usually fun-loving oscar goodman. a mob lawyer turned politician mayor from 1999 to 2011 during the period when vegas adopted the slogan "what happens here stays here." his wife caroline is the current mayor, the nation of the
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tragedy. i'm curious about oscar's outside look. he's a philly high. a character. you may remember he played in the movie "cat seen know" playing himself as robert de niro's lawyer. we sat down where goodman sat with one of his trademark martinis. >> mayor, long before this tragedy, we agreed i was going to come out here today. >> i said, let's get together with a drink. that's what i do with my friends. >> you're still having a drink? >> i am, because this guy isn't going to change the way i live my life. that's what miscreants do. >> i like it. your mantra is, i'm still having the drink, screw him?
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>> screw him. because they're not going to make us change the way we enjoy the life. when i leave the house every morning, my wife says carpe diem, and i say #yellow. we're mourning, heartsick, unfortunately, were we can't bring these folks back. what we do is celebrate the kind of lives that they had by remembering them. as far as this guy is concerned who is eternally damned he ain't going to change my way of doing business. >> if it weren't cnn, you'd be saying -- >> you know what i'd be saying. >> even in different terms. >> see, i don't curse in front of the women, just one or two guys. because you're so handsome, you must have one or two women watching. >> so much -- i'm going to slide this out of the way -- >> not too far. >> not too far. the question i want to ask you, what has been the impact of the psyche on the town?
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>> interesting. you know, the veneer of the las vegasian is the tough person able to respond to mystery. that's the history here. it's a new lesson, every time a tragedy does take place and live does have tragedies and that is that the folks that live here are sojourn russ, they're so empathetic, that's the only problem that the community has really had. that people have given too much, they want to give too much blood in order to help. they want to bring too much blankets in order to help. they want to bring too much food. >> do you think this will bring about fundamental change with regard to security at casinos? >> no, no, i hear talking about things like that, i would hate to see that happen to be honest with you, because las vegas and america is a place where freedoms are enjoyed. and the 19 people who caused 9/11, they changed the way we did business in such a dramatic way and it's really affected our
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freedoms. i hope that this event doesn't change our freedom. >> you just referenced september 11. and you reminded me of something else i wanted to ask you, 18 days after sflen, "saturday night live" came back on the air. lorne michael, the genius behind "snl" had rudy giuliani and a lot of first responders and lorne michaels said to rudy giuliani, mayor giuliani, can we be funny. and rudy had a good quip, he said, why start now. but it begs the question, when is it time to be funny again. you're the guy associated with "what happens in vegas stays in veg vegas" is it okay? >> is it okay? >> yes. you know what i mean. >> as long as we do it respectfully. we're not trying to have a la botmy here. trying to while out ourselves, we'll never forget this
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community and america will never forget what's happened in the country. but at the same time, we can't give anybody the benefit of changing the way we do business. if i get up in the morning and i want to be happy, i'm going to continue to be happy, even though i'm bleeding inside for what happened to these people. >> i know you are. the message from both mayors goodman is, we respect those that we lost, he was a son of a bitch, but don't let the town suffer as a result, because then he wins? >> that's part of the message. the town will continue to be resilient. we'll face the adversity. that's the kind of people that we have here, because they're good people. and they're not going to be punished as a result of this. but we have to remember, every single second that there are incident victims, their families, their friends, whose entire life has been changed as a result of this guy, and don't let it happen to us who weren't directly victimized. >> thanks mayor. perfect. well said. >> i hope so. >> thank you.
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>> we'll see. good seeing you, michael. >> good guy, oscar goodman, good wife, good mayors. let's check in on social media, facebook first. what's going on on my facebook page? it changes the way i live. every mass shooting or terrorist attack does. it makes me think to be more watchful and aware of my surroundings and it should you, too. hey, kevin, i have that instinct to walk into a room and about wear of our environment. my wife and i have tried to instill it to our dpour kids as well. to mayor goodman's point we cannot let that s.o.b. significantly change the way we lead our lives then he wins. john mueller from ohio state university who wrote a book called "overblown" which calls to not overreact over terrorism.
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sometimes, we tend to walk around thinking that the likelihood of these things happening is much greater than it actually is. there, i think i said it clearly. one more. a tweet, i think. thank you for following me on twitter. hot damn, smerconish i love this las vegas mayor. you really should have had that drink. jeremy, what makes you think i didn't have that drink? coming up in moving from fox news to nbc, megyn kelly may be the prime example of how impossible it is for anybody in today's political climate to try to switch sides. ♪ this is a power plant. this is tim barckholtz. that's me! this is something he is researching at exxonmobil: using fuel cells to capture carbon emissions at power plants. this is the potential. reducing co2 emissions by up to 90%...
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rough start at nbc. her sunday night program struggled against "60 minutes" despite big bookings like vladimir putin. and the 9:00 a.m. shower of the "today" show is being being called the morning show of bride of frankenstein. down 24% among those aged 25 to 34. she's made news over conflicts with guests debra messing, jane fonda, tom brock ckabrokaw, thet due to her fault. and he was not part of the nbc massacre coverage that day. none of that is the reason why she's struggling. we all make mistakes in this business. i screwed up some things in my opening comment teaary today.
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lost in all of the zaprudering of her work is the real reason she's struggling. it's not because of deficiencies. she's the total package. she's smart, she's attractive. megyn kelly is struggling because of the qacannibalation programming. gone are the day where nearly one-third were tuned into "all in the family" every week. or 76 million saw the seinfeld finale. now, that only thing happens on super bowl. and the rest impacts where we turn for news and entertainment. kelly had a solid base at fox, but those fans were necessarily transfer especially where she
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promising to be apolitical. to them she committed an act of harrahcy. and fox's viewers are older, male and white. and despite her successful track record for kelly, it means starting from scratch. it's sad that today, talent alone isn't enough to succeed a broadcaster often needs to confirm to the partisan expectations of audiences in search of affirmation. and not accustomed to changing the channel. for alternative views. well, that's what i think. let's see what some of you are saying on my twitter and facebook pages. smerconish, megyn kelly, is it impossible for anyone to switch sides. trump did it. you're right. hey, maybe she'll be better served if she ran for office, rather than became a tv presenter on a different network. one more if we have time for. a good point.
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smerconish, megyn kelly's problem nothing to do with what network. it's anchor versus host, she's the former not likable enough for host. who was the person -- in what context, it was obama who said to hillary, you're plenty likable. no, i think she's plenty likable as well. i just think it's too dramatic a shift to go from fox news to doing a morning program on nbc. if she were fresh out of the gate on nbc, perhaps she would have had a better shot. in the end, i'm not betting against her. you know in this country, we love a comeback story and ultimately she rises. still to come, donald trump became president while losing the popular vote by millions. and my next guest has studied the electoral college and warns that we're in for some more of the same. as much as one out of every three close elections in the future.
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of course, san juan's been wrong once before and had to eat not crow, but a boat? >> i hoping to get back to data and thinking creatively about policy issues. having said that saying good morning to everyone out there on both sides. see this -- here it goes. okay. ♪ an i kick it? ♪ ♪ yes you can ♪ can i kick it? ♪ yes you can ♪ can i kick it? ♪ yes you can ♪ well i'm gone let's get the lady of the house back on her feet. and help her feel more strength and energy in just two weeks. yaaay! the complete balanced nutrition of ensure with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure. always be you.
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new research just released today says america's electoral college mess is only going to get worse. donald trump lost the popular vote but won the presidency. same thing happened with bush
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and gore in 2000. yet, only three other times since the republic was founded. but according to a new study by a group calling itself making every vote count, in the future, one out of every three times that there's a close presidential election, the candidate electoral this situation puts both parties at risk. the study found that, quote, results of elections in only five states outweigh results in all the other 45 states, leading to the land of the ignored. there's a growing movement to abolish the electoral college, which was originally founded to try to keep balance. one of the leaders of the national popular vote compact joins me now. princeton neuroscientist and professor, dr. sam wong. dr. wong, why is the trend on the uptick? >> well, the obvious driver of this is the fact that in our lifetimes there have been several times that the popular vote has failed. over 100,000 offices in the united statess, from alderman on
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up, are determined by the popular vote, and yet the presidency is not. so seeing it happen twice in our lifetime creates a natural feeling that maybe we should revisit exactly how this old, old institution works, and to acknowledge it's a little creeky and could use a little repair. >> i know that when i've discussed this on my sirius xm radio program, the response from callers is zedetermined by whetr they think their party is advantaged or disadvantaged. you correct me if i'm wrong. you say no party will benefit from this. it will be to the detriment of each. explain. >> yeah, so it's natural to see this through a partisan lens, because, of course, donald trump is a republican, there's this feeling that, well, republicans benefit from a mismatch between the popular vote and the electoral vote, but it can go both ways. we've done computer modeling that looks at close elections, at making every vote count, and at princeton university the
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computer modeling suggests that if the popular vote is within three percentage points or less, there's a one in three chance it can go wrong and it can go either way. if you think back to 2004, even though george w. bush won re-election by millions of votes, john kerry by flipping 100,000 votes in ohio could have turned that differently. that turns out to be a risk to both parties and creates a security risk nationally for us as a nation. >> dr. wang, i'm glad you said security risks for us nationally, because i've been thinking about something since reading your report. does the russian meddle mitigate against the change you propose on the theory with an electoral college system, in the event of a recount, at least there's a way that you can segregate the vote? >> no, i think it's the opposite. i think if you look at the popular vote margin last november was over 3 million votes, or around 3 million votes, and for them to meddle in the election under a national popular vote, they'd have to
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meddle in all 50 states, they'd have to find a way to flip a lot of votes and persuade a lot of people, but as it stands, as you well know, it would have taken flipping about 70,000 votes. they could koconcentrate their power in five states and get a satisfactory effect, so having a national popular vote would add a measure of security by making everyone's vote count across the united states, so i think actually a national popular vote is in our security interests. >> and finally, aren't you setting up a scenario where instead of concentrating on a handful of states because of their electoral votes, instead candidates will focus on only highly populated areas to the detriment of a whole host of others? >> well, that's a good point. so, certainly, small population states might feel that they are less represented, but i think any kind of truly national campaign in our modern media age is going to have to address people all over the country, and furthermore if you look at
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communities, not just geographic, but communities of interest, mormons don't get represented very well. in our calculations, they have little influence because they are concentrated in states that aren't close. puerto ricans also have little influence, so i think it's not just small states, but small communities who get hurt by the electoral college, so we have to worry about communities across america, not just the communities who live in swing states. i think it's good for all americans and this melting pot that didn't exist 200 years ago. >> i always appreciate when you're here, dr. wang. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me on, mike. if you ever miss any of the program, catch us at any time on cnn go, online, and through your connected devices and apps, and remember i'm always paying attention to twitter and facebook. what do you got, katherine? electoral college does not need repaired, it needs to be abolished. well, that's what he's, i guess, taking the first toward doing.
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