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in my 35 years of abaco, bahamas, it's the first time i ever see something like this. >> we lost a lot of lives. some bodies are still recovering bodies right now. >> close this down. my dog dead. some clothes i lost. mostly everything i lost. >> the government got to send ships, big ships, and get the people out. an impeachment inquiry into the trump administration is about to ramp up in a major way. >> the house judiciary committee is expected to take on wednesday its first formal step to essentially make it clear the procedures for moving forward with an impeachment probe. they're drafting a resolution detailing exactly how that investigation will look like. want to wish you a good morning. take a nice, deep breath. you have made it to saturday.
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i know it's been a long week. i'm christi paul. >> i'm alex marquardt in for victor blackwell thank you. thanks for having me. >> so good to have you here. our top stories this morning -- obviously about the bahamas. look at these pictures. it's total devastation. the united nations says more than 70,000 people are homeless now. the people that survived said it was like an atomic bomb went off. hundreds if not thousands are still missing this morning. we're live throughout the day from the worst-hit areas in the bahamas. then there's another major story brewing. a possible impeachment action. there are new details about a major vote coming up next week, on wednesday, in fact, which could pave the way to impeaching president trump. conflict of interest? a investigation looking into when president trump's resort in scotland has been directly benefiting from military spending. first, out to victor blackwell. he's joining us from nassau,
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bahamas. and i know that you've been is on so many of these scenes, the aftermath of a hurricane. help us understand why this might seem a little different to you. >> reporter: well, the topography first. abaco, grand baham adecimated -- bahama decimated. 700 islands, not all inhabited bahamas, but getting people here in new awe to comfort and will september -- in nassau to comfort and safety is a challenge. you can hear the chopper flights going to abaco to continue to evacuate people. when we were there, we flew to abaco and went to several locations. there were hundreds crowded at airports. fresh treasure -- treasure key, waiting to get on to charter flights. to get on to humanitarian flights. the u.s. coast guard has
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evacuated 239 people this week. they will resume their evacuation flights today. we spoke with families who had sat on the tarmacs all day. the feels-like temperature was 98 degrees on friday. one family i spoke with, they were just about to build a chopper, a family of four rode out the storm together. but there was not enough room on one chopper for everyone. we brought 14-year-old malik marow and now 22-year-old, today's his birthday, kenley victor, on to our chopper. and as we took off, this was their first opportunity to get an appreciation for the scale of what dorian damaged. they had no access to television. there's no power. cell phone service is spotty at best. when they got to see abaco, kenley looked out the window and shook his head. he could not believe it. then we heard percent of malik's
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-- heard part of malik's story once we landed in nassau. here's some of it. >> the apartments was, the roofs all gone. all of us had to sleep in one room. it was a pile of us. we couldn't find no food to eat. hosed us down. my dog dead. some clothes i lost, mostly everything i lost. >> reporter: we learned from the u.n. 70,000 people from grand baham aabaco, the islands -- bahama, abaco, the islands hardity hit, are homeless. 60,000 will need food support. there of course will be the dead. those who did not survive the storm. we don't know the number. the health minister says that it will be staggering. a late statement from the prime minister says that that number will be catastrophic. there will be a loss of life here like this island has never experienced.
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there will be the scars a we talk about in natural and man made disasters that we do not see. we know that so many people, especially the children like 14-year-o1 14-year-old malik, will need support here. the question is, will the global community come to support the bahamas, and will the communities rebuild, will they go back to marsh harbor? the questions cannot yet be answered. but the beginning of the rescue is underway. >> the day just starting in the bahamas. victor blackwell, those figures, those pictures, absolutely staggering to borrow your award. thank you so much for being there. in the united states there are several cities cleaning up after hurricane dorian made landfall in cape hatteras, north carolina. there were five deaths in the united states being blamed on the storm so far. >> well this is an aerial view of the ocracoke island. just disastrous flooding that's
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left behind there by hurricane dorian. it's still a category one, by the way. residents say they had to wait in waist -- had to wade in waist-deep water into their homes. a lot of people had to be rescued from upper floors or attics by boats. the floodwaters, we understands, are slowly starting to recede. >> i know many of are you asking yourselves how can are you help. and this is one easy way. if you want to help those relief efforts in the bahamas and in the u.s., you can go to our website, cnn.com/impact, and get all the information you need right there. cent.com/impact. cnn has learned that the house judiciary committee is ready to vote next week as to how to begin an impeachment investigation into president trump. >> this is a big move, and it would lay out the ground rules for conducting impeachment hearings which are different from typical congressional hearings. senior washington correspondent joe johns joins us now from the white house. joe, this is a very big deal.
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congress as you know, is back next week after the summer recess. they were away from d.c. for six weeks. that vote in the judiciary committee is expected to come on wednesday. looks like right out of the gate, democrats, maybe not all but many have their sights set on impeaching the president. >> reporter: well, or so it seems. and i got to say, if you look at the numbers, there's something like 235 house members know who are democrats, of that 134 have said they're in favor of an impeachment inquiry. but that's different from actually voting on impeaching the president of the united states. what they're saying is they want to look into it. what's gone on up on capitol hill is essentially drafting the procedures for conducting an investigation. an inquiry into the impeachment of the president. my colleague, manu raju, up on capitol hill reporting that as early as wednesday they could
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begin considering such a set of rules. that would cover things like how to handle secret grand jury information of the kind, perhaps, that was dug up by the mueller investigation. how to handle witnesses, how to handle hearings, and so on. and using as a blueprint the work that was done on the case of richard nixon back in the 1970s. why this important? the president and his lawyers have repeatedly called what's going on much -- going on capitol hill a witch hunt. the committee will be putting on the congressional record their argument that this is rooted in the language of the united states constitution. and impeachment inquiry is, and that it's serious. it would also send a signal to the united states courts, the federal courts, telling them that this is why they're doing it when the courts are trying to decide whether to release information that the white house
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has been stonewalling on. back to you. >> joe johns, thank you so much for the update. good to see you. there are more signs yells where on capitol hill that democrats are turning up the heat against president trump. details receive another investigation that questionings military spending at the president's golf course in scotland. and new information about death by vaping. a disturbing increase in lung disease cases that may be linked to that. and then, hollywood offers letters of support for actress felicity huffman. one of their own. but will it be enough to keep her from doing time for her role in the college admissions scandal? staying at hampton for a work trip. oh no. your new boss seems cool, but she might not be sweatpants cool. not quite ready to face the day? that's why we're here with free hot breakfast. book at hampton.com for our price match guarantee. hampton by hilton.
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they say that the struggling airport near that course has seen an uptick in military spending since the election in 2016, including $11 million worth of fuel spending since october of 2017. the committee says that the airport has given american military crews not just discounted rooms at the airport, at the resort there, but free round of golf at the president's record. joining to discuss there is daniel lippman, white house report for "politico." thanks very much for joining me today. this smells pretty fishy when you break this down. the military, of course, not known for splashing out on fans hotel when was they're traveling around the world. both the airport and the resort as i understand it were not doing very well familiary financially. fill in the picture for us. why is this such a concern, and is there a conflict mere? >> when i saw the story, first, it was actually reported a year and a half ago by a scottish
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newspaper. no one picked it up until the congressional democrats say that this was something worth looking into. basically the concern is are we kpoping up a resort that was losing money in 2017, losing millions of dollars, and now last year it's back in the green with profits of a few million dollars because of, you know, your hard-earned taxpayer dollars. and i think also the issue is, is the annulments close which is, you know, whether the president is profiting from foreign governments because they are paying for these rooms through our tax -- like a two-way street. >> yeah. you bring up the alinements clause. this isn't the first time the president has been questioned about ethics, about potentially profiting from the presidency, about attorneys from governments and others staying in his hotels to curry favor. is there anything being done to
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investigate that, to stop it? can congress do something. >> congress asked the dod for documents. they don't have a single piece of paper related to this. usually on these type of flights, they refuel at ramstein or at a -- an air force base in spain or even the azors sometimes. they don't go to commercial airports where you have to pay much higher rates for fuel. and they had never really done this before, staying at this airport. my colleagues talked to one person who had been on this trip, and they had, you know, took pictures of their nice hotel rooms at turnberry. and this was not the usual hilton or marriott they're used to staying in, or sometimes they stay in base housing. this is something that is very
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concerning because why should the defense department be propping up a failing trump property, and also this airport nearby is very crucial to turn-berry's success. it was in the process, you know, kind of in financial turmoil, not doing well financially. yet now, of course, it's much better because of all the u.s. cash. >> all right. we'll see how much of this played. that was appointment conversation taking place on capitol hill. next, daniel lippman, thank you so much for joining me. >> thanks. nearly all the democrats are in new hampshire making their case to voters there. who needs to stand out from the crowd -- is there a last-effort for some? still to come. then, the estranged husband of a missing connecticut mother is talking about her disappearance. coming up, we will have what he had to say just hours before he was arrested this week. ♪
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topping this morning's legal brief, oscar-nominated actress felicity huffman could spend a month in jail for her part in the college admissions scandal. huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to have a test procter help her daughter with the s.a.t. her lawyers have asked for a year probation and 250 hours of
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community service. criminal defense attorney paige pate with us now. what first of all you do think should happen? >> i don't think she should go to prison at this point. in federal court, it's pretty simple how the sentencing process works. she entered a plea agreement with the government. and you calculate her potential sentence based on the sentencing guidelines. in her case, like with most of the parents, she's looking at a few months in prison under the guidelines. before you go to the judge, each side, the defense team and the prosecution, submit their recommendations to the court. it a guideline sentence appropriate? should it be less, should it be more? in this case, the government's saying it should be less than the guidelines but we think she should go to prison for at least a month. her lawyers say, no, this is a probation case. this particular judge has sentenced the sailing coach at stanford to one day in jail which was effectively time served. and his case involved a lot more money than her case.
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i think if put aside the fact that she's a celebrity, makes a lot of money, certainly did something illegal, i still don't think this is a prison case. >> let me ask you this, something that just came out. there are some statements that are being made on her behalf. one from her husband, william macy, that reads, "watching felicity become a mother is a wonderful thing to see. my wife has an amazing ability to see our kids. she sees them not as what weigh wish they were or who they might become you who are they actually are." easte upping her as a parent. and another, "there was a time i was bullied at work by a co-worker until one day felicity told the bully, to stop. i know i wouldn't have survived those ten years if it wasn't for her friendship and kind heart opened up to me." how much impact do tomatoes like
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this have? >> it -- do statements like this have? >> it depends on the judge. the judge can take into a defendant's character. what have you done in the past? what's your life been like? we know she doesn't have any criminal history. but the court wants to see what she's done in the community. have you helped people, have you made a difference, or is it all about your money and your kids. a good defense lawyer, and she's well represented, will this file that he's done, the memorandum, requesting a lower sentence, put in as many character letters as they can. i think they 27 -- >> a good amount. >> the judge will go through it. many times that will make the difference. the judge needs to say, look, why do i need to send you to prison if you're not a danger to the community, if you're already going to be deterred from doing this in the future, and i'm sending a message to every other parent not to do it, as well, simply because of the felony conviction. and all of the other consequences that she's had to incur as a result of this case. prison's just not necessary.
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>> just not necessary. let's move to the search for missing mother ain connecticut jennifer duels on. she dis-- dulos. she disappeared may 24th. this week her estranged husband was arrested for a second time after investigators found a blood-like substance containing his wife's -- estranged wife's dna in his vehicle. in an interview before his arrest, fo dis dulos said he had nothing to do with her disappearance and believes she's alive. >> did you have anything to did with jennifer's disasneerns. >> i did not. but i'd like to -- disappearance? >> i did not. but i'd like to leave it at that. >> reporter: you can say that much? absolutely. >> reporter: you believe jennifer's alive? >> i do. >> reporter: against all circumstantial evidence? >> i would like not to discuss this, per my -- per my attorney's advice. >> reporter: i understand. but in your mind she's alive. >> yes. >> what do you make of that interview? >> i think it's a bad idea to
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begin with because i don't know if he's aware of what the state knows at this point. and prosecutors have been investigating this case, and they're doing it just -- they're building the wall piece by piece. they originally arrest him on tampering charges, destruction of evidence. they've done it again. and every time they put another block on the wall, he's basically blocking himself in. he's putting himself into a corner. by saying he thinks she's still alive, if they find evidence that's inconsistent with that, it's just another block on this particular wall. and they have solid evidence it appears, that he's at least been tampering with the evidence. he's been trying to clean it up. he's been going around, attempting to cover up whatever involvement he may have had. they don't have evidence yet that he killed her. that's why they have not charged -- >> they don't is a body. that's why a lot of people -- people are saying why isn't he charged with murder. they can't prove she was murdered yet. >> that's correct. they could charge him without a body, but they don't have evidence that he did it.
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they do have sufficient evidence to charge him with tampering, with obstruction, with doing the kind of things somebody who's guilty would do to try to cover it up. >> so this -- this second arrest of his, what does that tell you about where they are in the sflosz. >> they're further along. they have a couple of witnesses. is sounds like the person he was having an affair with, a handyman, they've come forward trying to build a case against him, based on the people who know him, and the forensic evidence, the traces of this blood-like substance which clearly matches her dna. i don't agree with the way they're doing it. i mean, charge him once. let him out on bond. charge him again, let him out on bond. i think they should sit back and build their case and indict him on the most serious -- >> let me ask you this. do you think that the charging him and letting him go, the charging and letting him go, has anything to did with perhaps trying to gain more access to his co-defendant and girlfriend, jennifer triconis? is there a possibility she's going to turn on him?
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she hasn't done so yet. maybe police are incrementally doing this. >> there's certainly a strategy to that. i think she may have some exposure here, and it does appear at least in what we're hearing that there's been some cooperation on her part. at least she's talking to the authorities. but still, i mean, you can conduct that type of an investigation without wheeling the guy into jail, letting him out and putting him back in -- take your time, build your case, and indictment him for the most serious charges. >> okay. thank you for being here. coming up, we'll go back to the bahamas where the devastation is becoming much more clear as the sun comes up. the u.s. coast guard is there now conducting search and rescue operations. we will have a live report. here's another cleaning tip from mr. clean. cleaning tough bathroom and kitchen messes with sprays and wipes can be a struggle. there's an easier way. try mr. clean magic eraser. just wet, squeeze and erase tough messes like bathtub soap scum and caked-on grease from oven doors. now mr. clean magic eraser comes in disposable sheets.
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hurricane dorian is really becoming clear today. i want to show new pictures from ocracoke island in north carolina, in fact. there's widespread flooding there. currently the island has no electricity. a lot of these homes and buildings are still under water. these are aerial pictures from helicopters that are flying overhead. also helicopters being used to airlift food and water to the people there. >> in the bahamas, which has seen the worst devastation from hurricane dorian, the u.s. coast guard and rescue teams have been searching for firefighters there. my colleague -- for survivors there. my colleague victor blackwell, is in nassau. we can see the sun coming up behind you. the day is just getting started there. you noted before that the helicopters are just starting to go out. there are so many questions that remain, so much to do for those teams. what are the highest priorities today? >> reporter: well, the highest priorities are, first, getting
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those who have survived this storm off of the islands. those who want to leave. some people want to stay. getting resources to these people who want to stay, offering resources to those who come here it nassau and have lost -- come here to nassau and have lost everything. let me give another update. in the last hit you saw the first choppers take off to begin evacuation flights. you hear some choppers, at least one in the background now. a few minutes ago, we saw the disaster response team out of fairfax, virginia, with usaid coming they're charge a fare for the u.s. stephanie bower, here in the bahamas, says that those u.s. aid teams will be walking through the keys looking for those who did not survive. part of the recovery efforts that will be expansive here. i want to go a man who we spoke with before the storm hit. we spoke with him immediately after the storm hit. and now we're going to invite him into the conversation a few
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days later. this is kevin tomlinson. he is in freeport. thank you again for speaking with us. we know that according to the u.n. there will be 70,000 people from abaco and grand bahama, where you are there in freeport, who are homeless. we know that you left your home and went to a shelter. and we've seen the picture from -- from grand bahama. what is your plan, how is your home? will you be able to stay? >> yes. thank you so much for having me again. my home, yes, i will be able to stay at. there are some areas that will be able -- we will be able to rebuild. you know, this is now the troubled part. the aftermath. and i mean, this is -- i can't begin to say. we are feeling such a level of heaviness here in the bahamas because we have never experienced this before. and more shockingly, every day
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we're hearing about new bodies that they have found and so forth. and so you know, it's really traumatic for a lot of people. there are a lot of people who just i think just want to lever. at the same time, there are a lot of people who want to stay and rebuild and try and salvage what they have. i spent last night driving through areas, assisting persons who got their homes flooded completely out. if you drive through some areas, you'll see all the furniture against the street. it's just something that i've never seen before. and this is -- this is unbelievable to me. >> let me ask you, i've spoken with scores of people when have come from those devastated islands here to nassau. and people waiting in nassau for
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news there b loved ones. they are most of them deeply dissatisfied with the response taus thus far from the bahamian government. what is your assessment of how the government has handled the aftermath as we call it, day six after the storm hit land? >> i would say this, it is day six after the aftermath. and we haven't seen much action happening on the ground. it is kind of worrying, and we don't know what's happening because -- we don't have the communication to know what's going on. we're not hearing much and so forth. i'm hoping that the government, that it would come through quickly, and we allow a lot of aid to come through. the challenge is in the next coming days, i mean, you're going to have a serious shortage with food and water. and when it gets like that, then you begin to worry because the
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mindset of people change. and so i am hoping that they would quickly work out whatever, r red tape that needs to be worked out so things can begin to move. the quicker we get things done, the quicker we get back on our feet and try to rebuild the city. >> yeah. there's a significant amount of red tape from getting off the ground here to getting flights to abaco for media, for humanitarian organizations, for a lot of people who just want to send planes, they have the means to go to the islands to bring people back to nassau. to many other elements that are being dealt with here. thank you so much for speaking with us. we will check with you again. we hope that you are in? safe and comfortable place as this recovery and building continues.
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thanks again. christi, back to you in atlanta. we heard another flight take off. the rescued, the -- rescues, the evacuations will continue for a sixth day. >> good to see you and good to see kevin, that everybody is okay there. thank you so much. victor blackwell, going to be with us obviously throughout the morning as he's there instead of up here as usual. >> a terrific interview there. thank you, victor. back here at home, beto o'rourke has been using some salty language you could say while he's been on the campaign trail for president. is he talking to the masses, or just trying to get noticed, ahead. what might seem like a small cough can be a big bad problem for your grandchildren. babies too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough are the most at risk for severe illness. help prevent this!
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we are just hours away from seeing nearly all the 2020 democratic candidates who will be taking the stage in manchester, new hampshire. you can see that stage gng to g
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minutes each to make their pitch to the voters at the new hampshire democratic state convention. in a situation like this, it's crucial for the candidates to try to stand out from the crowd. there's so many of them. that is especially true for progressives like senators bernie sanders and elizabeth warren, who have pretty similar liberal progressive policy ideas. >> yeah. thrive got to distinguish themselves from the other. new hampshire holds the first primary in the country. colorado senator michael bennett and businessman januaandreau ya hoping to gain momentum and are joining us live from new hampshire later this morning. we're going to talk about gun control, the economy, and impeaching president trump potential, among other things. >> so much to discuss. one of the other candidates who carry talking about is beto o'rourke. he has been a presidential hopeful who has struggled to get out of the bottom of democratic polling. he will be speaking today at that convention in new
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hampshire. and there's also going to be the linger question of will he drop an "f" bomb when he spokes to the crowd. you might not be surprised because he's been doing that langley. the texas democrat using salty language on the stump. recently in describing the mass shootings in his home state of texas. the question here is, is this a way to cut through political correctness in this unique time shall we say and get to the heart of an issue, or is it a way to resonate with young and angry voters? we're back now to ask those very questions to daniel lippman, a white house reporter for "politico." thanks very much for being back with me. >> thank you. >> as i mentioned there, we did hear beto drop the "f" bomb recently after the el paso shooting, the shooting in odessa. that, frankly, is understandable given how many people were ki killed, given the fact that it took place in his home state. how much of that salty language do you think is just the way he
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talks versus a way to tap into voters looking for something more raw from their candidate? >> i think it's a mix of both. in is not a totally new thing for beto. he used this in his 2018 campaign all the time. and even the ted cruz campaign, which he was against, they made a supercut video of all the times he had been swearing and he said he would clean up his act. he's back to easy pay old ways. even printed a t-shirt that has a swear word and that they are noting, of course, the proceeds going to some anti-gun violence organizations. but this seems to be kind of a move to get -- almost a desperate move in some of the rival campaign thoughts to get attention given that he's been really at that 1% or 2% mark in the polls. >> or do you think that beto just has, perhaps, his finger on the pulse of the electorate and
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on the times that we live in? we have a president who almost on a daily basis is on their twitter flinging harsh insults to all of his political opponents. do you think beto is trying to fight fire with fire? >> i think that's his argument. but there are some democrats who maybe they're not going to say that this is the end of civilization, but they will say that it's important not to stoop to trump's level. and remember, when the obamas were in office they were all about taking the high road. and eric hoerlder, their attorn general, said that's not his strategy. my story was funny because it's probably the most amount of opportunity that i've had swear words in my piece. it was like 14 that we counted to kind of -- we weren't going to bleep anything in our article. but it's questionable whekter there are tons of voters out there who will say, oh, yeah,
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i'm going to definitely vote for beto or give him a second look because he's swearing all the time. i think people have their favorites, and they're not going to make decisions based on people's language, as well. >> then what does he have to do to break out of the basement if you will of the -- of that democratic field? his poll numbers have consistently been in the single digit for a long time. what kind of play do you think he can make to move the needle? >> it's very hard for all of these candidates who are stuck at the bottom to break free of that. you know, it's almost they're waiting for the front-runners to make a gaffe that would end their campaign, or for voters to give more of the lower level candidates a second look. so, you know, a lot of people -- there aren't that many people who are persuadable. but as long as you have money, then these candidates think that it's a good way it get attention for their issues, and beto definitely has his supporters
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out there. and people thought that he would be a top-tier candidate, and we're, you know, several months away from iowa. so nothing is out of the realm of possibility. but it's just been a tough road for him. but he's a very active, energetic candidate. i've talked to people who worked for him, and they say that no one will ever outwork him because he loves doing those campaign stump events. >> right. big day for him in new hampshire. of course he'll be on the debate stage in houston for the next democratic debate. daniel lippman, thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. new concerns over vaping as the cdc reports at least five people have died from vaping related illnesses now. cnn's chief medical correspondent, sanjay gupta, is breaking down the latest for us. first, though, you know veganism is a growing trend among elite athletes. the question is, can it benefit the average athlete? is that you, me, maybe, averagement in this week's
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"staying well," we'll see how going vegan did help a onetime weekend runner. >> i'm kind of a recreational athlete. i'm a guy who with the help of a plant-based managed to do things athletically. i had gotten really excited about the idea of qualifying for the boston marathon. to me as a non-runner it would be amazing if i could do that. missed the qualifying time over the first marathon. the next five or six years i learned as much as i could about running, learning to avoid injuries. a big part of that was my diet. people who were achieving most as far as athletes went, they were doing 100% plant-based diets. i decided to go for it. started a blog. there were 500 people following me in the quest to qualify for the boston marathon which i did, six month after i made the diet change. >> plant-based diet give us the best variety of nutrients and fiber. they decrease fatigue.
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