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democrats ride a wave of ant trump frustration to a series of big wins on election day, can the party find way to carry the momentum in to the mid term. do not under estimate us. and do not try us. >> a tredirect message from the president of the united states to north korea. good morning and welcome to
"early start." >> good morning, wednesday, november 8th, it's 3:00 in the east, and a blue wave crashes ashore for democrats last night, giving them a moral boost, election night a strong one for the democrats. with key wins in new jersey, new york city and other local races. the virginia race closely watched was a national referendum on the trump presidency. here are the numbers. raffle northam beat ed gillespie by a wider than expected margin. the countdown will begin to the next year's mid term elections. we have more from northam headquarters in fairfax, virginia. >> reporter: christine and dave, lieutenant government northam winning in a earlier evening than expected, they were biting their nails and expecting a very late night, but in the end, that is not what happened. they said it's an indication of a bigger picture of an
anti-trump sentiment, raffle north -- ralph northam spoke about that. >> we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end -- the politics that have torn the country before. >> reporter: a lot of confidence that the democrats across the country are feeling coming out of the virginia governor's race. they are looking at the bigger picture here saying that in 2018, it's going to be difficult to run as a republican. as one democrat very deeply involved in the campaign said, there's a big democratic turnout right now, if you are up in 2018, that has to be scare if i you are an -- that has to be scary if you have an r next to your name. >> thanks, the state of new jersey going blue tuesday. the democrat, phil murphy will take over for chris christie as the next govern. christy had a 14% approval
rating, keep that in mind. kim gu a adagno comes up short. in new york city, no race. >> reporter: bi the first openly transgender lawmaker was put in office. she defeated the incumbent. >> and former tv anchor and democrat chris herst, winning the 12th district house race. . his girlfriend was tragically killed on live television in 2015. and in maine, an expansion of the medicaid program approved. a major set back for the governor paul lepage. >> let's go to may, what can we glean from these wins last
night. >> reporter: well i think so many of us were looking at what the climate is going to look like next year in 2018, when we have these house and senate races that will determine you know, who controls those two bodies. and what we saw tonight was really not a good night for republicans. clearly trump has been able to win had in some of the places across the country. but not been able to pull the candidates that he is supporting over the finish line, and we saw that in the virginia race in particular, ed gillespie walked a tricky line there by not campaigning with trump. but trump tweeted on his behalf and recorded a robo call. and that distance really didn't help ed gill he espie, he was crushed by a larger margin than people were expecting in the race. that does not bode well for republicans next year. it's another important thing to look at, the democratic sweep
was really across the ballot, you know, down ballot races, all the way up to the top, the state house races. and so, that tells you something about how the country is feeling right now about the president. >> the president tweeting himself, ed gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what i stand for. he did embrace what he stands for late in the election. certainly in the southern part of the state. it's a complicated issue though, isn't it though? the president was in virginia several weekends playing golf, but never appeared to your point with gillespie. and the democrats, according to cnn's own polling had a 37% approval rating, the lowest in 25 years can we over-read these type of elections? >> we can, such an excellent point. you know, what the republicans are going to try to do in all of the distincts, you have, for example, the 23 house districts, where hillary clinton won in
2016, but you have a republican sitting in those seats, vulnerable republicans. and what the republicans will try to do is localize all of the races. they would like to see different races in every part of the country next year. and so, there's a danger in reading too much in to these results. and you know, gillespie's strategy, whether it worked or not, it really could play differently in other parts of the country. we know, for example, that the democrat who won in virginia did particularly well with women, did better in the northern virginia suburbs than we were expecting so that tells you where the more middle of the road voters are going right now. >> we look at the exit poll hg in -- polling in new jersey, another state where the democrat took the gubernatorial mansion. you have under 30 coming out in good numbers. can democrats build on that momentum there and elsewhere? >> reporter: yes, and we are
seeing tonight, you know, those e-mails going right out trying to use these victories across the country tonight to pump up fundraising, pump up enthusiasm. you know, democrats are not in a particularly good spot right now, you have two factions of the party that the bernie wing of the party and the hillary wing of the party, really fighting over what the message should be in 2018. and what kind of candidates they should be running. so, they have a lot to sort out here too. but they really are going to try to build on the enthusiasm of the wins tonight. they have within wa-- they have waiting for wins like this for a while. >> you are both talking about the exit polling and it appears that hillary clinton did worse with women in virginia than did northam, which is a fascinating dynamic. but virginia, it's a purple sense, that you go on in 2018, not many states are truly like virginia. are they? >> reporter: no, no, not at all.
and you know, this is a state that has been a bell-weather in the sense that it has been trending democratic and so, republicans were kind of guarding for a loss a bit tonight. but, you know, in those highly competitive districts across the country, you know, the dynamics are going to be very different and, for example, the paul ryan funded super-pac is trying to find local issues in all of the races to get voters excited about anything to talk about other than the trump presidency. >> just have to wonder for republicans what last night meant and if we are, as you say, if we are over stating, i guess the importance for the over-all trend. this is just such an abnormalal political cycle overall. >> reporter: yeah, and how will the russian investigation play out? what kind of situation will
trump be in next year if members of close -- in his inner circle or his son is in legal jeopardy. it's hard to know howity voters will interpret those signals. how the job market and stock market is going, and that could change the final days of the race. as you know. >> you have the stock market at record highs and the president talking about it and tweeting about it and taking credit fourth, but his own approval ratings are at the lowest they have been. the more he talks about how great the stock market is, the more that people elected him are saying, i'm not feeling it. >> i'm not feeling it. yeah. >> long night for may, thanks. >> president trump arriving in beijing overnight after delivering appointed message to north korea. and in a speech to the south korean parliament, he made it clear that he is more than willing than past u.s.itys to use military force against
pyongyang if it continued to threaten america and its allies. >> the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different adm administration than the united states has had in the a past. do not under estimate us. and do not try us. let's go live to beijing and bring in matt rivers. did morning to you, matt. how might this speech be interpreted in north korea? >> reporter: well, in north korea, they could take it in one of two ways. they could look at the speech and say, we didn't see the district threats that we saw during trump's speech to the
u.n. general assembly, where he threatened to completely destroy them. but he was pointed in talking about the human rights abuses and daily life being difficult and sometimes deadly for the north korean citizens and he went after the system, north korea's system, that is not going sit well with the north korean government. we know that donald trump is here now in beijing, he is touring the forbidden city with the president and both of their wives will have dinner there with them later on tonight. that is pomp and circumstance at that point, but the substance came in south korea when donald trump gave the speech to south korean lawmakers using strong language, allbeit no direct threats, saying, you heard it, do not under estimate us and by pursuing the weapons you are making your country less safe. strong words from the president. he did not get in to laying out of the exact way that a
diplomatic solution could come about, but he said that he hopes there could be a diplomatic solution sometime down the road. one thing we know that the north koreans were looking for, is the u.s. going to put north korea back on their list of state sponsors of terrorism. president bush took north korea off the list in the mid 2000s and donald trump is looking to put it back on. a senior administration official saying he will make that decision by the end of the trip. one more thing, about a photo op that did not happen, donald trump, despite saying he would not visit the dmz, the border between north korea and south korea, he attempted to go to the border and went so far as going to marine 1 and flying toward the dmz and bad weather forced them to turn around and cancel what would have been an incredible photo op. >> about the dinner that the president is having in the forbidden city, how symbolic and
important is it? >> it's highly symbolic in that no foreign leader, the u.s. or otherwise have been allowed to have a formal dinner inside the forbidden city. that iconic palace directly in the heart of beijing, it's really, one of the crown jewels of beijing, and the fact that donald trump is being really given all this pomp and circumstance it shows that the chinese are rolling out of the red carpet and at least, could give one the argument that the chinese look to donald trump and say, this is somebody sthat we need to wine and dine and if we do it, maybe it will help our efforts. >> matt rivers live in beijing, thank you. might say as much about ping and the power he has now. >> very true, and he does. the vice president heads to texas in the wake of the church shooting and a pro gun texas senator said he is ready to take action. next.
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the have tvice president mi pence has headed to texas. we have more details about the gunman who killed 25 people and an unborn child. devin kelly escaped from a mental hospital. he was sent there for pretrial confinement, law enforcement was advised that he was a danger to himself and others after he was caught sneaking firearms on to the air force base. the suspect's phone has been sent to an fbi lab and so far, they are unable to break in to it. >> republican senator of texas said he is working on federal and state levels to make sure that information that could stop dangerous people from buying guns is reported to the national criminal background check system in a timely fashion.
>> this seems to be an area where there's bipartisan support to fix the background system to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, people who are mentally ill, and have domestic violence records. >> there's no evidence that a bump stock was used by the texas gunman, we are learning that there will be a hearing on bump stocks, that is in response to the las vegas massacre last month. >> ten victims from the texas shooting are in critical condition. the families will receive $65,000 each to cover funeral expenses from a state fund and a company has donated all of the caskets. >> there's shock and sadness around major league baseball. following the news that former star pitcher, roy halladay, died in a plane crash, he was just 40 years old. authorities say halladay was
piloting a small single engine aircraft. he was the only person on board the plane and police say they received no distress calls. the ntsb is investigating the crash. he retired after 16 seasons with the blue jays and philadelphia phillies, winning more than 200 games and two cy young awards and owns the only no-hitter in national league postseason history, the blue jays releasing the statement that the organization is grief stricken by the loss of one of the franchise's greatest and even better human being. it is impossible to express what he meant to the franchise. >> sorry, i grew up with roy, he will be missed by everyone. >> 20 minutes past the hour. most americans get tax cuts under the gop plan, but millions will pay more and that number will only grow. we will tell you why, next.
all right, so tax reform, fiercely under way in washington. here's what we know, most american households get tax cuts under the gop plan, but millions may face higher taxes right away and that will grow over time. tax writing officials are still fighting over the gop bill, but it finds that it will hit american households differently even if households earn the same amount of money. for example, take a middle class household, earning $75,000-100,000 a year. 84% will get a tax cut in 2019 and 11% of them had will pay more taxes.
the difference is due to the complexity of the bill. it's a mix of gray cuts, and expiring tax credits. a tax bill, will defend on where they live, how many children they have and if they plan to borrow in the future. by the year, 2027, fewer than half of american's households will get tax cuts and 1 in 5 will pay more. 31% are supporting the plan. members of the white house team are selling it, so we are on capitol hill, they have been trying to sell it to republicans in the high tax states that are worried about getting rid of the state and local tax deduction. >> the senate, what will the senate do with the house bill? do you have a sense of it? >> i don't have a sense yet. they have to show it's not just tax cuts that mostly benefit the rich and corporations. that it is something that will benefit the middle class
families. >> there's a long way to go in the battle. >> sure is. a beaten and bruised democratic party with something to smile about. today, a sweep of big races on election night. exit polling showing part of the reason is, president trump. ...website using gocentral, did it in under an hour, and you can too. build a better website - in under an hour. with gocentral from godaddy. after a hall of fame career of taking shots like that, it's no wonder why i use blue-emu maximum arthritis cream. blue-emu's non-greasy, deep-penetrating formula gets down deep into those joints for big time pain relief. and without any of that funky smell. makes me feel good enough almost to get back into the game. maybe not. blue-emu, it works fast and you won't stink.
the democrats with a series of big wins on election day, exit polls show anti-trump frustration, at least partly to blame here. can the democrats carry it in to the mid terms. >> anyone who doubts the strength or determation of the united states should look to our past and you will doubt it no longer. >> president trump arriving in beijing overnight after issuing a direct message to kim jong-un saying that provoking the --
provokations from the north would -- good morning, welcome to "early start." >> they are rolling out of the red carpet for this president in beiji beijing. 31 minutes past the hour. let's start here, a blue wave crashing ashore for democrats giving them a needed morale boost. the virginia race closely watched as a national referendum on the trump presidency, dave. >> lieutenant governor ralph northam beat ed gillespie by a bigger than expected margin. the count down begins for next year's mid term elections. we have more from fairfax, virginia. >> reporter: christine and dave, lieutenant governor ralph northam, winning and winning in an earlier evening than expected, they were biting their
nails and expecting a very late night. but in the end, that is not what happened and they are saying this is an indication of a bigger picture of a anti-trump sentiment, ralph northam spoke about it to the crowd here. >> virginia has told us to end the devisivenessdone hatred and and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> so, a lot of confidence that democrats across the country are feeling coming out of this virginia governor's race. they are definitely looking at the bigger picture here. saying that in 2018, it's going to be difficult to run as a republican as one democrat very deeply involved in the campaign said, there's a big democratic turn out right now and if you are up in 2018, that has to be scary if you have an r next to your name. >> the state of new jersey going
blue, democrat phil murphy will take over for chris christies as the next fwoncher. scoring a double digit win over the lieutenant governor kim guadagno. >> and bill de blasio cruising to victory over three challengers. the 33-year-old former journalist elected the first openly transgender state lawmaker, she defeated 13 term incumbent, robert marshal, who proclaimed himself virginia's chief homophobe. >> 13 terms, wow. and former television anchor and democrat chris herst winning the 12th district house race. you may remember herst, his girlfriend was killed on television in 2013. in maine, a major set back for republican governor paul lepage, a staunch ally of president trump that vetoed expansion bills for medicaid
five times. >> let's bring in our senior national political reporter, may. >> good morning, may. >> good night, good morning. look, it's not a good night for the represent tan par-- for the republican party. how bad is the news though? >> well, i think, you know, as we were talking about it earlier this hour, there's a risk here in reading too much in to the results. but it was a very bad night for republicans. you know, particularly in the virginia race which, you know, that was a state that was a bel bell-weather, it's been trending democratic in recent years, but in polls we have really seen that race, between ed gillespie and ralph northam close up in the final weeks. you had steve bannon bragging over the weekend in interviews that you know, that gillespie was doing better after embracing trump iism and clearly that is t the way the race played out tonight. he really struggled in the
northern virginia suburbs. the democrats did very well with women. they -- their turnout operation worked well, that was a good sign for female goi i-- good sir them going in to 2018 as they look at races that determine control of the house and senate. there's a lot of good news for democrats tonight all across the country. just wins up and down the ballot and that says a lot about how people are feeling about trump. >> we can talk about whether they can, you know, capture the momentum and do something with us. what is the message in virginia though, for other republican candidates around -- i mean, that's what i'm trying get my head around. it did not seem like ed gillespie was tying himself at first to donald trump. >> he was an establishment guy. >> he is an establishment guy and trump was tweeting on his behalf. but trump was playing golf in virginia and never made personal appearances with ed gillespie. i guess, what is the take-away for other republican who is are
running in the mid terms? >> i mean, i think that what it says that, you know, even if you don't fully embrace trump, ed gillespie did not clearly invite trump to campaign with him or be seen by his side, but trump tweeted on his behalf, did a last minute push with robo calls, pushing for turn out for ed gillespie and then, turned on him in a tweet right after the election results are in. which is not surprising to any of us. but, i mean, basically the message for republicans here is that, you know, certainly embracing the president is a risky strategy. and then, trying to walk a narrow line doesn't work very well either. you know, you are seeing republicans across the country in a lot of these competitive mid term districts trying to focus on everything except what is going on in washington.
they are focusing on very local issues and hoping to not have those toxic trump poll numbers effect them and tonight it is certainly going to under score that dynamic. >> toxic poll numbers are what both parties have in common. the democrats have a 37% favorablity number across the country. that is a career low. can they over-read the results from last night? >> they can. and you know, that is -- i think, anybody would read too much in to these results at their peril, so much can change. i mean, obviously right now, even though trump's approval ratings are low, they are being kind of buoyed by the fact that the economy is doing well. that the stock market is doing well. trump is taking a lot of credit for all of that. but, all of those things can
change in a flash, obviously he and his inner circle are under incredible pressure with the russia investigation going on in washington. and it's very hard to know where voters are going to be next year as they look at the races. whether they will be happy with what is going on in washington? they are clearly not happy with their members of congress. so, republicans and democrats have a lot of work to do here. >> we look at virginia, or i'm sorry, we look at new jersey, that win in new jersey, by phil murphy, was that an anti-trump vote do you think or an anti-chris christie vote? >> i think there was so much chris christie baggage there, that it was an incredibly difficult race for the republican to kind of make a break-of out from his shadow. and we did see evidence of that in the exit polls that you know, this was a vote to move on from the chris christie
administration. so, that was going to be a tough race no matter what and everyone was expecting a double digit win there. in virginia, they had expected really, a gap of only a couple of points and that did not turn out to the case. >> yeah, surprise there. >> christy a 14% approval rating. thank you for staying up late for us. >> thank you. >> all right, president trump arriving in beijing overnight after delivering appointed message to north korea. in a speech to the south korean parliament he made it clear that he is more willing than past u.s. presidents to use military force against pyongyang if it continues to threaten america and its allies. >> the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different
administration than the united states has had in the past. do not under estimate us. and do not try us. all right, let's go live to beijing and bring in matt rivers. matt, good morning to you. the president in beijing, what do we expect to hear from him there? >> well, this particular stop on this asia tour for the president will be focused on two things. it will be focused on north korea and it will be focused on the u.s./china trading relationship. north korea by and large, absolutely the number one topic of discussion here. the trump administration has long wanted china to do more, use economic leverage to get pyongyang to stop developing weapons. they have not gone as far as the trump administration has wanted them to. so that's the delicate dance
that will be going on. right now, we know that the two men are kind of in the easier part of this. they are not really getting in to the direct negotiations yet. president trump took a tour of the forbidden city with his wife as well as the first lady of china, they will have dinner there later on. an honor that no other leader has been given since communist china was founded in 1949. the meat and potatoes came when the president was in south korea. he gave the speech and we heard a bit of it there off the top. it was a strong speech, it did not have the stuff you heard from the u.n. general assembly from the president where he threatened to completely destroy north korea, and called un little rocket man. but he talked about their system. he talked about human rights and forced labor camps and kim jong-un hurting his own people, that will not go over well north korea at all. it will be interesting to see how they respond. we know that the north koreans are looking for the fact that
donald trump has brought up the idea of putting north korea back on the state sponsors of terrorism list, president bush took north korea off the list. president trump, according to a senior administration official will decide by the end of the trip, whether to put north korea back on the state sponsors of terrorism list and one more thing about a photo op that did not happen this morning. president trump, despite saying he was not going to the dmz, tried to make a surprise visit to the dmz by going helicopter to the border line. and he got as far as flying toward the dmz, but bad weather forced the cancellation of what would have been a dramatic photo op. >> yeah, mother nature stepping in. matt rivers live for us in beijing. >> 43 minutes past the hour, it's the stock market rally that will not stop. so, it's easy to forget that
exactly one year ago, exactly a year ago on election night, president trump's victory tanked global markets. do you remember? dell futures plunged 900 points when it was clear that he won the election. but by morning, investors completely flipped that around and turned optimistic and the dow spiked more than 250 points, hitting a record high. that was more than 70 record highs that was set in the trump administration. it's now up 30% from the moment when futures were down 900 and global markets were so rattled. now, unlike most of the predecessors, trump takes credit for wall street's rise. he publically takes credit for it and credit where it's due. tax reform and deregulation is boosting the current rally. but this bull market is not all about trump. look at this, put it in
perspective there. corporate profits in the u.s. economy are stronging and the current rise is built on the climb made by president obama was in office. that was coming out of the depth of the horrible financial crisis, this is is the second longest bull market in history. there's a risk here, i think, in trump cheerleading the markets. what if they turn around, does he take credit for the fall? and the people who elected him may not feel the hot economy. fewer than half of americans are currently invested in the stock market. it's something interesting to watch. the more he takes credit for a hot stock market. is that sending a message to his supporters that he is cheer leading fat cat bankers, and not necessarily the little guy. >> it shocking to see the economy performing at a 36% approval rating. you would think it would be in the mid fif50s with that number. >> i will say something else about credit when credit is due,
when donald trump was elected, business people said, it was like a switch was flipped from anti-business to pro business, throw caution to the wind and that was something that the business leaders liking to see. even though they don't agree on a lot of things with the president. it's interesting times. >> hard to read. all right vice president, heads to texas in the wake of the church shooting and a staunch l pro-gun texas center is ready to take action on more background checks. more next.
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he escaped from a mental facility months after being accused of abusing his wife and child. >> law enforcement was advised that he was a danger to himself and others after he was caught sneaking firearms to do -- on to an air force base. >> they are working to make sure that information that could stop dangerous people from buying guns is reported to the national criminal background check system in a timely fashion. >> this seems to be an area where there's bipartisan support to come in and fix the background check system to make sure that we keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and people with mental illness and those that commit domestic violence and the like, if we can address it and close the gaps that will be a big improvement. >> there's no evidence that a bump stock was used by the texas gunman, there will be a hearing
on bump stocks in response to the las vegas massacre last month. >> ten victims from the texas church shooting are in critical condition. the families of those killed will receive $65,000 each to cover funeral expenses and a company stepped forward to donate the caskets. just tragic. 52 minutes past the hour. would you get in a taxi without a driver? you may get a chance to sooner than you think, details on cnn money stream, next. hi, i'm the internet! you know what's difficult? armless bowling.
the company has been testing 280 character tweets with a small group of users since september and interestingly, twitter said that after the novelty tweeting more characters wore off, most people in the test group stopped tweeting the full length, 5% of their tweets were longer than 140 characters. the new limit will roll out to twitter users in nearly all of the 40 languages that twitter supports. look out for the president's tweets. look out. >> i say brevity is the by-product of vigor, the fewer words used better. let's check on the money stream. stocks mixed after the dow hit the fourth closing high in a row and despite starting the day at record levels, they closed a bitter lower. stocks are still going strong after the trump anniversary of the trump bump. look at the chart. ha, ha, look at the chart now.
this bull market is not all about trump. corporate profits and the u.s. economy are strong and the current rise is built on the second longest bull market in history. all right, looking for a higher paycheck, think of switching jobs. workers in every industry saw a pay bump when they switched jobs. employers are scrambling for workers. there was 6.1 million job openings that is a hair below the record. high job openings are good and bad news. it means that employeers are hiring and hungry for workers and maybe will pay up for them. but it means that they cannot find skilled workers and they will not pay up for them. wage growth has been sluggish and will be sluggish again in october. >> would you get in a taxi with no driver? the self driving car will launch a ride hailing service. they have been testing the cars
on public roads in arizona. that's a first for tech companies. the new service will begin in phoenix in the next few months before launching nationwide. would you? >> i was just trying to think of that? no. not yet. are you there? >> i would do it. i would do it. put on my seat belt, yeah. >> it still worries me, i'm not there. early start continues right now with the latest from the president's trip to china. ♪ all right the democrats win with a series of big wins on election day, exit polls show anti-trump frustration at least partly to blame. now, can the democrats carry the momentum in to the mid >> do not underestimate us and do not try us. >> direct message from president
trump to kim jong-un. he says provocation with north korea would amount to a fatal miscalculation. the president arrived in beijing overnight. early start's coverage from china and pyongyang continues right now. the president started talking about human rights, something he largely left out of the conversation until now. >> it is 4:00 a.m. in the east, 5:00 p.m. in beijing. let's begin with politics in the u.s. a blue wave crashing over the democrats. election night a strong one for the democrats with key wins in virginia n new jersey, in new york city and other local races. the virginia race closely watched as a referendum on the trump presidency. >> ralph