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>> this was a disagreement about health care policy. i respect the vice president. >> previous debates she tore into him. this time, she tore into trump. >> he reminds me that guy in "the wizard of oz," you know, when you pull back the curtain, it's a really small dude. >> the differences amongst these democrats on the stage are not as great as the urgency for us to unite as a party. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." a special edition of "new day." it is friday, september 13th, 6:00 here in new york. and here is the big question this morning. who won? who won? who got the most out of the democratic debate overnight in houston. this was the first time that joe biden and elizabeth warren shared a stage and yes, there was something of a face-off, but it materialized in a bit of a different way than people might have expected. you will see that in a moment. the most talked about moment this morning didn't involve elizabeth warren at all.
it was former housing secretary julian castro who seemed to directly confront joe biden about his memory. >> but the difference between what i support and what you support, vice president biden, is that you require them to opt in, and i would not require them to opt in. >> they do not have to buy in. they do not have to buy in. >> you just said that two minutes ago. you just said two minutes ago that they would have to buy in. are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?! i can't believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you're saying they don't have to buy in. you're forgetting that! >> the crowd heard it right there and he pressed on with it anyway, and not at all a thin l veiled barb about the former vice president's age and memory. and that's a blow that may have backfired. mostly, the candidates focused their attacks on president trump and they avoided criticizing president obama, as they had in past debates. so who came out on top and what
does this do to the democratic field? let's discuss it. we want to bring in david gregory, cnn political analyst, nia-malika henderson, cnn senior political reporter. andrew gillum, 2018 democratic nominee for governor of florida. and cnn political commentator. and aisha moodie-mills, democratic strategist. great to have all of you at the table. david, your takeaways from last night. >> i thought biden was strong. people in the party were waiting to see if he could stand up, hold his ground, show some fight, be steadier, frankly, and i thought he was. i thought elizabeth warren was very strong. i don't think the race moved a whole lot. i thought you had those who were on the outside looking in, trying to get inside julian castro being one of them. i don't think that worked. but i think you had a pretty impassioned debate about the progressive future of the party, which was important. i thought it was a little thin going after donald trump. and i think that's a conversation that they've got to always join together in these debates. >> nia? >> and kamala harris, i think, tried to do that. in previous debates, she went
after biden. this one in her opening statements, she went after donald trump, basically made a joke about him watching fox news all the time. made that other joke that really was about his masculinity. talking -- comparing him to the wizard of oz, and saying that he was a small dude. she delivered that line well. i thought beto had a really good night, as well. he's someone who i thought in previous debates kind of just shrank, hadn't really found himself and who he was in this terrible tragedy in his hometown of el paso. i think it's given him something to be passionate. you heard him on stage last night, essentially saying that the american government under a beto o'rourke administration would go in and confiscate people's guns. it got a huge applause -- >> ar-47s and -- >> yeah, yeah. kind of the nightmare of the nra and how they like to play on democrats anyway.
it probably doesn't move anything. we'll see if beto is able to jump ahead of booenpete buttigi the top five. in many ways, pete buttigieg had supplanted beto as the young, fresh white guy who could possibly swing over young voters. >> ayesha, was there a clear winner in your mind? >> no, i don't think so. i think the top three will be the top three for a while now. what's interesting to me is going into this, elizabeth warren is the only person who's really been on an upward trajectory. everyone else's stayed the same or had a decline. kamala had a drop from earlier in the summer. so to me what was interesting is that i think that elizabeth warren held her position, as still being very strong. she didn't do anything to exaggerate her position, but i think that she's still kind of coasting up. i think biden was strong enough, i think he's going to stay where he is. what is interesting, though, is that race, or essentially the bottom five. beto to me really came out kicking, because for the first time, he did less man 'splaining
and more emoting. and we need to be watching pete. pete's doing a really good job of being outside the fray and above fray. and that's great and fine and very dignified, but at some point, he's going to have to actually compete and have real critique of the people on the stage and they'll have to come for him, too. >> and they don't do that until they consider himself a big enough factor to frankly punch down at. and that's no reflection of what i think of him. simply, i think the top three candidates remain the top three candidates moving forward. i will tell you, i found it refreshing that we had a debate that extended as long as it did. and mostly stayed heavily focused on public policy. the reason why we didn't hear a lot of donald trump is because these folks are still trying to differentiate between each other and to show where they are different and why one of them deserves to be the standard-bearer for the democratic party. elizabeth warren and bernie sanders did not shrink from their progressive bone fooi ivi.
i think joe biden came to double down. so did amy klobuchar. not much shifted there, but it was refreshing to hear an adult conversation being had between candidates for president. >> okay, you said most focused on policy. let's talk about the one moment that was most clearly wasn't, although most people didn't perceive it to be about policy. let's play it again. it was julian castro questioning the memory of joe biden. >> but the difference between what i support and what you support, vice president biden, is that you require them to opt in, and i would not require them to opt in. >> they do not have to buy in. they do not have to buy in. >> you just said that two minutes ago. you just said two minutes ago that they have to buy in. are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago? i mean, i can't believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you're saying they don't have to buy in. you're forgetting that!
>> hmm. >> as president trump would say, nasty. what a nasty man. >> well, to me, part of the problem was that it felt rehearsed. and he wasn't reading the crowd. so with that opening trial balloon, "are you forgetting?" the crowd went, ohh, they didn't like it. and then he doubled down and tripled down. >> and the crowd is democrats. they like joe biden. when kamala harris attacked joe biden in that first debate, seemed like a good idea at the time. but when you talk to actual voters, they didn't like that she went after joe biden, who people like. people think he's a decent guy, a good person who has his heart in the right place. i think for castro, it just looked cheap. and he couldn't really admit later on that it was really about age, which everybody knows it was. >> it wasn't tied to substance. and at least with kamala, she came out with a personal narrative and story, why busing mattered to her and then led with that. this is interesting, because of all the people on the stage, i find julian castro to be extremely substantiative.
he does a great job by calling into the room the names of people that are affected by the policies that are being talked about. he has a very strong ideological bend. he cares deeply about policy. so in this moment, i thought he could have done a better job at trying to make the point, which i think is generational. pete has done this, trying to say, look, do we as a party want to keep recycling the same old guyses over and over and the same old stale ideas who have led us for 30 years or do we want to try something fresh and new? i think that's where he wanted to go, but didn't do that. >> i think it was snarky and played poorly and everybody is going to be talking about that moment, which is not what he wants, because he is so substantiative and he has made particular waves. i think what was striking about the debate was the absence of that. as you said, there was -- you know, it was an adult -- the adults in the room talking about major policy differences. and you do have this break. i mean, i think the reason why elizabeth warren is so strong and keeps getting stronger is i think she's probably the best up there at distilling what the
progressive vision is for the future and how that goes beyond the obama years. and there's a big constituency for that. >> and for her, i think, she does a great job at helping everyday average people sort of find themselves in the public policy discourse. as for castro, and i didn't personally like it. and i think he is a good person. i think i find him very, strave substantiative and have in the previous debates. the truth is, the clutching of the pearls on the democratic side, we need to be careful about. the truth is, whoever faces off with donald trump will deal that but far, far, far worse. and in fact, they may be on alternative stages while all of us, the american people are looking at that and trying to diagnose it. so i'm in the spirit of iron sharpens iron. and if you think that was a little bit of a turnoff, and i think for a lot of people, it will be a turn you'off, just wa until you see what happens on that stage. i want to see a candidate who can pivot it away. >> cory booker said something
similar, i think, to what you just said, after the debate last night. after going out of his way to say, we all have to get together, no degrading, no demeaning. after the debate, he seemed to get demeaning and degrading about joe biden. listen to what he said. >> i think that we are at a tough point right now, because there's a lot of people who are concerned about joe biden's ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling. and i think that castro has some really legitimate concerns about can he be someone in a long, grueling campaign that can get the ball over the line? and he has every right to call that out. >> fumbling. >> he used the word fumbling. >> which, by the way, i wouldn't share necessarily that part of the critique. my critique is simply that we can't sit here and be hands and gloves off and the worst thing said about our candidate or said in the general election. i think we can be substantiative. i think we can hit people on their records, but i don't think
that we can take a kid glove approach. donald trump will not take a kid glove approach to our nominee. and i think our nominee has to be prepared to be an adult, to do what really matters. >> i think what matters is cory himself said in the debate that we certainly -- that democrats essentially should take a kid glove approach to each other, right? you know, he said, no personal attacks, no degrading and demeaning comments. and so for him to come out with pretty degrading and demeaning comments -- >> fumbling's a very precise word. >> and he talked about him being meandering and he can't take the pressure of a long and grueling campaign. >> i don't want to lose the point that he's making that is a good one, that joe biden is coming across in a way that he is similar to trump in the way that he fumbles and kind of speaks off the cuff. he says sometimes things that don't land well with certain communities. he doesn't quite dial it back, he chucks it off to, well, i'm a guy of a certain era and is charming. that is problematic. and i think it's okay to acknowledge that his style
doesn't necessarily reflect the current state of america. and like what we feel -- >> you should be writing for cory booker and castro. >> i think, andrew, what you say is right, everybody has to be prepared to go against donald trump. and i don't think it's entirely clear how to deal with that. david axelrod wrote about that in "the times" yesterday, but i do agree with ayesha on this point which is, there is a general argument to be made. it's 2019, there are so many democrats looking at this field going, really, this is it? and the second piece is, okay, so we've got a guy who's so old, who is the established front-runner. is that really moving forward. >> and aren't democrats being a little fickle if they don't like these 20? >> did you see "the new york times" comparison and what trump said -- >> we've got a lot of options and i don't think the age thing is necessarily going to be -- >> the top three front-runners -- >> everybody is 70 and over. so our voters are already speaking that that isn't going to be necessarily their issue. if you want to go at biden on whether or not this is memory or
age or whether he has stamina, than go straight through the front door and don't back away from it. >> by the way, what is an end line on the football field? where is the end line? >> i'll explain it to you. >> oh, good. >> during the break. i want to know what an end line is. >> we have so much more to talk about with you guys. much more on the big debate, next. we call it the mother standard of care.
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battlefield. when we see that being used against children, hell, yes, we're going to take your ar-15, your ak-47. we're not going to allow it to be used against fellow americans anymore. >> that was beto o'rourke defending his proposal for mandatory buybacks f s for cert guns considered weapons of war. we have more to talk about what david gregory, aisha moodie-mills and dav moodie-mills. that's the boldest position that any democrat has taken. they know that smacks of confiscation. the nra and trump's base gets fired up because they hear it a certain way. in the room, people really appreciated that bold position. but we've heard from many pundits, it's unwinnable in the general. >> i am of the belief that we need to play to our own base. i could care less what donald trump's base is going to do, so
beto is saying, i know what our people want and i need us to be fired up. we care deeply about this. i think that he's trying to play to a segment that he think he can pull. i also think that that's right. that's fundamentally what i believe. there's a whole lot of details under there that he's going to need to figure out, including the constitution. but i think to me, beto came across really strong, because he came across principled. and sometimes, you've got to figure out how you put your principles into practice. but we need conviction and need people who stand for something and he showed up and he did. >> david, a generation, several generations of democrats have gone out their way to say, we are not going to come confiscate your guns. and then beto o'rourke just told them that we are going to come take away some of your guns. >> and chuck schumer in the past five years said, this was a mistake that democrats made. that they did want to take away handguns at one point and they were paying the price for that in trying to moderate a position. but that's out the window now.
i think this is a democratic party and a base of progressives who are frustrated, who are angry, and this is the debate that we are having. who look at a biden and say, enough with, you know, the washington rules and what we have to accept and what the reality is realities are. we're going to show conviction. this is going to be a statement of progressive conviction. and we're not going to focus on what can be achieved or not. >> he banned assault weapons. joe biden, it was his bill that banned assault weapons. >> and they paid a huge price for that in the '90s. at that time. and that's a reason why democrats, since then, have been relatively timid on going that far. i think that's changing. and i think this statement of progressive principle is what was on stage last night. that is what is going to be fought out. because i think there's a feeling, let's not just focus on who can beat trump. let's focus on being -- >> it's like barry goldwater in 1964, who said, come on, conservatives, grow up. what are we going to be? it took until 1980 for those
principles -- >> how did it go for barry goldwater in 1964? >> but my point is, that was a statement of conservative principle. and it took a while. but it was still galvanizing -- >> a lot of -- it was 16 years later. >> the whole idea of, are you going to sort of paint in bold colors or pastels. and i think if you're beto o'rourke, he hasn't been doing that well. he kind of busted on to the scene, did really well, raised a bunch of money. now he's at the bottom of the pack and he needed something, i think, to dwuistinguish himself. and i think he also saw what elizabeth warren did, right? elizabeth warren, when she first announced, she was stofort of flailing, right? people thought she had made a big mistake with the dna test, but came out with all of these big, bold plans and really outlined this progressi iviv ii ambition. >> and they're a lot more progressive than barry gold wae water water. i know you covered that.
it's not enough to say, this is how we beat the opposition. >> i think the time that he took away, off the campaign trail to pay attention to his community, to grieve with the people of el paso, to look into their eyes, to hear their stories, to go through that trauma right alongside them has well served him, quite frankly. and last night's debate and quite frankly the turn that his campaign has seemed to have made sense. the truth is, if all of us are going to be intellectually honest with around how we're going to deal with weapons of war on our city streets, there's no way to have that conversation without talking about how it is that we're going to get rid of what is already there. there are a lot of public policy solutions to get to it. he offered one that was bold, aggressive. i think it will come with consequences. but he's willing to take that risk for the sake of our children. and this is not just a base play, in my opinion. this is also play for suburban moms who are terrified for their children who they send off to
school every day, who go to grocery stores and malls and synagogues and elsewhere and are having to worry about their kids coming home in body bags. that's what they tapped into last night and i thought it was powerful. >> this entire debate was bill beforehand by some -- not you -- but by some as joe biden versus elizabeth warren. and it was not three hours of that, by any means. however, we did see the vice president, former vice president, draw some clear distinctions on the health care issue. so let's just play one of those moments. >> i know that the senator says she's for bernie. well, i'm for barack. i think the obamacare worked. i think the way that we add to it, replace everything that's been cut, add a public option, guarantee that everyone will be able to have affordable assurance. >> so this was at the beginning of the debate, which is not insignificant, nia. do you think that the vice president was successful? >> i think he was very successful in basically the contrast between bernie sanders and of course, elizabeth warren, and barack obama, right? in some ways, he's campaigning the whole, you know, sort of
noun/verb in barack obama, and we see it there with his real strong defense of obama. and you saw throughout the debate, everyone basically, a shout-out to barack obama, shout-out to barack obama, very different from the last debate. folks got a lot of blowback from critiquing obama. i thought that was a really strong moment for him. that whole section. and listen, elizabeth warren still doesn't have a very good answer about how to pay for it, right? is this really a middle class tax cut? she sort of says, well, overall, costs will be down. but,, you know -- >> i think she, though, is trying to avoid this argument that everybody is starting at zero, are paying zero today with health care. and when you get her reform, that all of a sudden you'll be paying extraordinarily more. what she's saying, everybody is paying right now, they're terrified and many people can't afford it. so she's saying, we're not starting at zero. there is a cost, and by the way, with my plan, will bring down that cost for everyday americans much more consistently. >> this is still a proxy fight.
people aren't going to remember this detailed fight about health care. this is about, do you want obama plus or something more progress uv. and that's what fight was. >> well said, everyone. thank you all very much for the analysis. so coming up on "new day," we will speak but not one, not two, five of the democratic candidates who were on the debate stage last night. there they are. all right, a new tropical system posing a threat to the bahamas and parts of florida this morning. chad myers and the forecast, next. you've tried so many moisturizers... but one blows them all out of the water. hydro boost with hyaluronic acid to plump skin cells so it bounces back... neutrogena® and for body... hydro boost body gel cream. so it bounces back...
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the area ravaged by hurricane dorian, now faces a new threat. a tropical storm is forecast to impact the islands tomorrow. and it also poses a threat to florida. so cnn meteorologist chad myers has been tracking the storm. what now, chad? >> allison, really, the hurricane hunters have been out there looking for a center and can't find anything significant yet. that's not why this is not called humberto yet, but i think it will be. certainly, we have warm weather out there, not as warm as it could have been. i'll show you that map in a second. the circulation center is over the bahamas now, but most of the convection is not over the center, so it's not getting stronger. that area that i have circled is what got hit so hard. now, there will be rain. there will be 4 inches of rain over that area that certainly doesn't need any rain, because they don't even have roofs on their homes. bus think the anomaly of the water temperature. 1 to 2 to 3 degrees colder than normal because dorian mixed it all up. so that's why these storms will have a slightly harder time
getting that development. european model takes it out to sea, but as a much bigger storm. and then the hurricane center splits that right down the middle. could be 50 or 60 miles per hour over the weekend for the florida coast. we'll keep watching. this is still very early in the process, john. >> but even any rain on the bahamas, not welcome at all. chad myers, great to have you with us. thank you very much. hall of fame horse trainer bob baffert disputing a report this morning that 2018 triple crown winner justify should have been disqualified before the kentucky derby due to failed drug test. coy wire with the latest on that. >> last june, justify became just the 13th horse to take home the triple crown. but a "new york times" report says that justify failed a drug test after the santa anita derby in california that should have disqualified him weeks before the kentucky derby. trainer bob baffert claims that trace amounts of the drug were found in test results undoubtedly because a naturally
growing substance had contaminated the horse's feed. in a statement through his attorney he says, quote, i u unequivocally reject any implication that skopolamine was ever intention nally administer to justify or any of my horses. the california horse racing board tells cnn the drug had been reclassified, meaning baffert's team would have only received a fine for the positive test, but a racing official says justify would still have been disqualified unless the board had presented evidence of environmental contamination. cnn has asked for that evidence. the president of churchill downs and the maryland jockey club, john, say that justify passed the preand post-race tests at the kentucky derby and the preakness stakes. >> sounds like we need more information, coy. thank you very much for giving us the update on that.
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the cdc has narrowed its investigation into the vaping-linked lung disease that has killed at least six people in the u.s. there are also 380 confirmed and probable cases of people becoming very sick. president trump was asked by reporters about what he's told his own teenage son about this. >> what exactly have you and the first lady told barron about vaping? >> we haven't told him anything
except don't vape! don't vape! we don't like vaping. i don't like vaping. >> joining us now is dr. sanjay gupta, cnn's chief medical correspondent. sanjay, obviously, we talked about this yesterday, we talk about this a lot. what has changed today? >> well, i think, obviously, the president talking about this, this message now coming out of the white house. for a while there felt like maybe we were some of the only ones talking about this. but now, obviously, you're expecting, as a result of that meeting out of the white house, these changes to come out. this ban on flavorings of e-cigs. we're hearing that hhs will have a whole plan in terms of what you're going to do this. this has been an unregulated product. you go out and buy these with a credit card, these fluids, and you don't know what you're getting. that's the concern. >> sanjay, it's been fascinating to me to watch the vadried responses from the industry.
because juul says it supports the banning of flavored e-cigarettes. and there's an article in the "wall street journal" today about the positioning they're taking there. what's going on? >> well, i mean, i think the handwriting is on the wall very clearly. i mean, what's going to happen now is that these companies, they can apply for approval to sell these flavored e-cig fluids. but the issue, though, is that they've been told pretty clearly that they're not going to get that approval. so they're going to clear these flavorings away. and i think that juul has already been told that. they've already been making progress, but they recognize that this is getting very serious. and that there are people who are not sure that vaping in and of itself is safe. you're hearing that from the cdc, you're hearing that from the american medical association. even if it does help adult smokers stop smoking, the idea that it may not be safe and that 27% of high school students are
now vaping, that's the concern. >> but sanjay, what has the cdc zeroed in on? i mean, is it the vaping or is it these other additives that should never have been put in to begin with? the part that's killing people? >> it does look -- the evidence does seem that it's some sort of other product, specifically a thc-containing product. and even more specifically, this compound known as vitamin "e" acetate. vitamin "e," you can take that, buy a pill, rub it on your skin, it's fine. but apparently when you vaporize it, that could become a problem. it could be causing this reaction inside the lungs, a type of pneumonia called li lipopneumonia. they don't know for sure, though. they're starting to analyze thes these cases. and the question they have, is there some kind of inherent problem with vaping. it's a relatively new technology. you're breaking down molecules and those molecules are
re-congealing inside the body. we really don't know what that does to the body. >> sanjay, thank you so much for your continue coverage on this. we know we'll be talking to you very soon. just hours from now, a hollywood star will be the first parent sentenced in the college admissions scandal. big question, is felicity huffman headed to prison? next. of 1 2 3 medicines with trelegy. the only fda-approved 3-in-1 copd treatment. ♪ trelegy. the power of 1-2-3. ♪ trelegy 1-2-3 trelegy. with trelegy and the power of 1 2 3, i'm breathing better. trelegy works 3 ways to open airways, keep them open and reduce inflammation for 24 hours of better breathing. trelegy won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. trelegy is not for asthma. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. do not take trelegy more than prescribed. trelegy may increase your risk of thrush, pneumonia, and osteoporosis. call your doctor if worsened breathing, chest pain, mouth or tongue swelling, problems urinating,
we're learning more about that deadly labor day boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of california. a preliminary report by the ntsb shows that the diving boat did not have a crew member on watch as is required overnight. the ntsb chief says interviews show the crew members were asleep when the fire broke out. a salvage team finally raised the burning remains of the conception yesterday after a week of weather delays. all right, in just a few hours, we will learn if actress felicity huffman will serve
time. she will be the first parent sentenced in the nationwide college admissions scandal in boston. cnn's brynn gingras live with the latest. this sentence coming down. is she going to prison, brynn? >> reporter: yeah, that's the big question. we'll find out, john. when she pleaded guilty back in may, if you remember, she cried in court, she apologized. since then, she's told a judge that she asks herself often why did she do this? why did she abandon her moral compass? so we may actually hear more about that when the sentencing comes down. the judge will also be considering 27 letters that were written in felicity huffman's favor, one by her husband, actor william h. macy, other family members, and even her co-star from desperate housewives, eva longoria. today, felicity huffman will have one more chance to ask a judge to spare her prison time. the award-winning actress admitting and apologizing for her involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal. in a letter sent to the judge
prior to today's sentencing, huffman wrote, i have a deep and abiding shame over what i have done. shame and regret that i will carry for the rest of my life. huffman admits to paying the mastermind of the scandal, rick singer, $15,000 to alter her oldest daughter's test scores. in that same memo, she explains how she worked with singer legitimately for a year on her daughter's college application process before saying "yes" to the cheating scheme. it's a decision she says has damaged her relationship with her daughter. quote, when my daughter looked at me and asked with tears streaming down her face why didn't you believe in me, i could only say, i'm sorry, i was frightened and stupid. the actress is the second person to be sentenced in the scandal that broke in march, resulting in the arrest of more than 50 people, including college coaches, administrators, and wealthy parents. more than a dozen of the parents struck plea deals with the federal government on a single fraud charge. in june, former stanford sailing
coach john vandemoore received no prison time for his role in the scheme after the judge in that case determined there were no victims since he didn't pocket any money exchanged. the prosecution believes huffman should spend a month behind bars and pay a $20,000 fine, setting a tone that the privileged aren't above the law. u.s. attorney andrew leling wrote in a filing, quote, home confinement would be a penal logical joke, conjuring images of defendants padding around luxury homes until the end of service. and a fine is meaningless for defendants wealthy enough to commit this crime in the first place. huffman's attorneys are asking for one year probation, community service, a fine, and no prison time. today's sentencing may also have future implications on those who are fighting the charges, like actress lori loughlin, who is accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get her
two daughters admitted to usc as crew recruits. >> now, before sentencing, the probation debate also sends in a report, and in this case, that report is favorable to huffman, essentially saying, there are no victims in her case. so we'll see how that also factors in to today's decision by the judge. allison? >> brynn, keep us posted. thank you very much. so there's a race against time this morning to save the daughter of someone you know from our show. the 3-year-old's life depends on finding a liver donor. cnn's wajahat ali shares his very personal story, next. chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away if you have changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility,
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we have another story this morning that hits very close to home for us. earlier this year, cnn contributor wajahat ali learned that his now 3-year-old daughter, nuseva has stage iv lir canc liver cancer. two weeks ago, they found a donor, but then elation turned to heartbreak. the surgery was scheduled for this week, but it was canceled because the surgeon found a complication at the last second with the donor. so now doctors are searching for another donor and wajahat ali joins me now. i'm so sorry your family is going through this ordeal. >> i know, thank you so much for
at least giving this story some attention and we're so lucky and blessed that the cnn family has decided to, you know, promote the fact that nusev, our warrior princess, is in search of a living donor. and the one good news i want to say is this. the call came out this week. jake tapper was great, his team was great, that promoted it. john promoted it yesterday, and so many people from around the world have messaged me. i mean, complete strangers, who said, we are rooting for your little girl. we've signed up to be donors. we're hoping for the best. you know, in this political climate, this is, you know, most people have the capacity for goodness and decency. and i want people to reflect on that for a moment. >> i really appreciate that reminder. i think that we all feel that way. that our lowest moments, humanity does surround us and lift us up. and it is so important to remember that, but there are so many highs and lows when you're going through a medical ordeal like, particularly of a child. so you have great hope that this week, she had found a donor. and what happened? what was the implication?
>> this anonymous donor who had never met my daughter, was an acquaintance of mine out of state said, i signed up, her entire family was ready to go in and we found out at the last second, the doctor said, i see a complication, it's too high risk, i have to cancel it. and it was a gut punch. but of course, you sit back with perspective and say, it's a long-term game, maybe there's a blessing in, but you start from scratch. and georgetown said, we need someone "o" blood type, 18 to 55, they still have the surgery scheduled for next week. >> they're confident they'll be able to find someone with "o" blood type 18 to 55 next week. and that's the beauty of this. people don't realize that you can be a living donor, you can save people's lives. and specifically with the liver, if you're an adult, they take a piece of the liver, within four to six weeks, you're back on your feet and the liver grows back but that small piece of liver saves the life of a baby. we're hoping that someone steps up. they have a whole bunch of applicants and will tell us
hopefully by next week. and the thing is with cancer, cancer is a remorseless, relentless beast. it plays for all the marbles. it's an s.o.b. it's a disruptive son of a gun. and you're always on just a balancing, you know, like just on a small little line. you have to compartmentalize life. and i have to have my phone on all times because the call might come at any moment. >> i hope your ringer is turned on right now. >> the ringer is turned off for you guys. >> i want it on! >> but we're hoping for the best because my daughter just turned 3. and it's stage iv cancer. >> just explain to us, how is she doing? what's her life like every day now? >> she's just a -- she's to brave, she's so bold, so sweet and kind. she has an ng tube in her nose. i shave my head for her because she lost all of her hair. she had to go through the most intense, grueling eight chemos. she's responded really well. she loves her bobate and her dipping dots. i push her on the slide.
but the reason why there's also an urgency is because if we done do this by the end of next week, we have to do chemo again. and the chemo just batters a person. it fells adults. and you can imagine my 2-year-old daughter, and she's so brave, that i sit there and forget that this is a 3-year-old baby. so we hope to do it by next week, because if it doesn't happen and she does chemo again, that pushes it back next month, god knows what happens. so we're grateful, we're hopeful, we take it day by day, and with cancer, anyone who's been through cancer, every day has its new challenges. every day has its unique victories. you take it day by day, step by step. >> i know that you were heartened yesterday by bakari sellers' own story, one of our other contributors about the ordeal he just went through with his baby daughter who needed a transplant and it worked out with them. >> our brother, bakari, that was amazing. the fact that his 8-month-old daughter, sadie, got a liver transplant and he says that sadie has to become president, so i'm here to announce
formally, the ticket of sadie and nuvela for president, 2060, may they outlive us all. >> what do you want our viewers to do? >> first and foremost, every single person in this country should have affordable health care. i think it's a sin that people like me who are privileged enough to have health care through my wife, i at least have a chance. everyone should have a chance. number two, if you are paying attention, think about being a living donor. i again want to stress that a small piece of your liver can save a life. people always think, i'm a donor, when i die -- you could be a living donor. you will recover in four to six weeks. the liver grows back. try to give blood, try to give marrow, plasma. all of these small things help. and if you can, please donate money to research and development. my daughter has a paddle blas t toma, it affects one in six kids. a few years ago, death sentence,
but now they know they can treat it and she has a shot. >> if people are "o" blood type, where can they find more about your case? >> i've pinned it on twitter and it's one of the rare times that twitter, the sacesspool of humanity has been used as a source of good. and it's good to reflect on people's innate decency. a person says, i hate all of your politics, but me and my mom are praying for you. >> miracles do happen. >> wajahat ali, thank you so much. >> and you can see that phone number, people can write it down, 202-444-1630 to help. >> thanks. "new day" continues right now. >> a house divided cannot stand. >> they do not have to buy in. >> you just said that. you forgetting what you said two minutes ago. >> honest, tough discussion on guns, criminal justice, and war. >> hell, yes, we're going to take your ar-15, your ak-47.
we're not going to allow it to be used against americans anymore. >> costs will go up for wealthy individuals, but for hard-working families, costs will go down. >> we saw really for the first time, elizabeth warren and bernie sanders a bit on the defensive. >> i trust you to choose what makes the most sense for you. not my way or the highway. >> this is "new day," with alisyn camerota and john berman. all right. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." and we're on extra early because of everything that happened last night. >> it's not as early as it was. i want to make clear. >> no. listen, the good news is, we've had two dress rehearsals before this. so the top ten democratic candidates squared off on the same debate stage last night. many of them trading barbs with former vice president joe biden, the democratic front-runner coming out strong, holding his own. those are basically the reviews this morning. and he also invoked barack obama repeatedly. >> there was a moment that