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we're waiting for president trump to leave the white house and head to cedar rapids. [closing bell rings] how about the nasdaq jumping 45 points. green on the screen for the nas. david and melissa pick it up for "after the bell." david: the dow moving away from record highs, sliding the second straight day. ending down 52 point right now. the s&p closing in the red as well. not so far for the nasdaq. hi, everybody, i'm david asman. liz: i'm melissa francis. this is "after the bell." more on the big market movers, first here is what we are covering during this very busy hour. president trump heading to the hard lant. he will take air force one to cedar rapids, iowa, where die-hard supporters were camped out overnight. we'll take you there live. meanwhile in the south, we're tracking a major storm that is barreling down on the gulf coast. it is already claimed one life. we're going to tell you where it is headed next.
senate republicans putting the final touches on their plan to repeal and replace obamacare. more what we can expect when it is unveiled tomorrow. among our fests this hour, third highest ranking republican in the senate, john thune, georgia congressman buddy carter, foreign policy expert walid phares and "town hall"'s guy benson. >> we'll talk about the democratic loss yesterday as well. first back to the markets. the dow sinking for the second straight day with caterpillar, dupont and the biggest drags. lori rothman on floor of new york stock exchange with today's biggest movers. first i want to go to phil flynn at the cme. phil, oil getting crushed once again. now ending at a 10-month low. every day i ask where's the bottom and it never appears. >> i know. it's a bottomless pit, that's what it is. we are in freefall. this is the definition of what a freefall market is.
we got a little support late in the day around $42 handle on crude. i don't know if that would hold up. you would think you get a bounce off tropical storm cindy shuts down 40% of gulf oil production. it is off-line because of the storm. it will disrupt shipping in the area, exports, imports for oil, but the market doesn't care. what the market is caring about is the concern we have this global oversupply that isn't going away anytime soon and that's really negative. it wasn't only oil today. take a look at gasoline. we sagas lien futures trade the lowest level in over a year really since last november. and distillate inventories. what does that say about the global economy? i'm aphrase it is raising some warning signs because really if you look at the numbers, the demand is not that bad but the market is taking it as a negative. david: good time to fill up your tank. thank you, phil. melissa. liz: oil tumble taking stocks
down with it. lori who are the hardest hit among them. >> i will get that in a moment, melissa. we have breaking news. earnings beat for oracle top and bottom line. shares are spiking in the extended session up better than 3%. let me run through the numbers. oracle reporting earnings of 89 cents a share, better than the 78 cents a share analysts were looking for on $10.89 billion in revenue. better than the 10.54 in revenue oracle was forecast to earn. better than expected and therefore shares are higher in the extended session. what drove the quarter, cloud computing. oracle continues to be successful transitioning from software licensing iser to now selling data in space in the cloud. oracle is reporting in this quarter, $8.8 billion in cloud revenue. come back to that. we'll continue to follow shares. meantime let's look at some of
those big movers. what kept the s&p 500 index in the red today. obviously energy. the s&p 500 losers, chesapeake, new field, an apache, range resources. oil coming down with the price of crude. it's precipitous decline on growing inventories. let me focus on nike. we saw a lot of shares in reaction to the news that nike may sell directly to amazon. in other words you can pick up nike products on the amazon site. amazon up. nike way up 2%. competitors to amazon, finish line and food locker down 4 and 5%. liz: lori, great job. david: whether just for show or intentions are genuine some of the world's largest oil company and the country's biggest automaker are backing carbon tax proposal to fight climate change. hon hone from capitalist pig hedge fund.
a fox news contributor. ken fisher, founder and chairman of fisher investments. good to see you both. jonathan what do you make of this? >> this is ominous, dangerous, david. reason for me at least enough to sell oil stocks outright. what you see here is the industry capitulating to the environmental movement. what you will see more taxes, more controls, the fact that their scheme involves paying it into social security is very, very ominous and dangerous side. i couldn't imagine, you see it in the oil stocks all at 52-week lows. even as the rest of the market nips new all-time highs. david: ken, a carbon tax is seen regressive, hitting poorest people harder than wealthiest people. even democratic congress failed to pass it back when president obama was president. pelosi was the speaker of the house of the she pulled it because it was seen as too regressive. why now? >> my basic view this is not about the shareholder value. this is about agency risk.
and if you think of management's ability to pure veil their own careers if they appear to be wanting to do what governments want them to do, they can buy time this way successfully. this is not about shareholder value. david: gotcha. liz: under pressure uber ceo is out following shareholder revolt at $68 billion startup. fox business' tracee carrasco in the newsroom with all of details on this within. reporter: melissa, travis kalanick is no longer behind the wheel at uber after top investors revolted and asked the embattled ceo to he resign this is u-turn after last week's announcement that kalanick would take a temporary leave of absence. this is what kalanick said about stepping down from the company he started. i love uber more than anything in the world and in this difficult moment in my personal life i accepted the investors request to step aside so uber can go back to building rather
than be distracted with another fight. that personal tragedy, kalanick's mother recently died in a boating accident. uber's board said in a statement, travis always put uber first. this is bold decision, a sign of his devotion and love for uber. by stepping away he is taking time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in uber's history. we look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board. as a member of the board, he will likely continue to have a big presence in the company. right now uber is scrambling to clean up their corporate image under kalanick's cannot versal leadership. scandals, investigations and lawsuits led to number of resignations of top executives. the company is also looking for a chief financial and chief operating officers. as for who the board would like to replace kalanick with, "new york post" reports that facebook operating chief sheryl sandberg is uber's top pick. the officials say the sandberg
is being pushed by board member, arianna huffington. it is unclear if sandberg is even wants the job. melissa? liz: tracy, thank you. jonathan and ken are back on this one. what do you think of the shake-up over at uber? >> you know, warren buffett had a great line which was that when a great ceo meets a lousy business model or a lousy ceo meet as great business model, it is the ceo's reputation that will change, not the companies. and the key to this one i don't really understand is exactly what uber gross operating margin is. if it is relatively fat in the 40 to 50% range, it will not make much difference. if it is thinner and losses are on thinner gross operating margins, uber will have problems. they really need somebody a supercharger, super champion, super put it out. you can't settle for a normal ceo. liz: jonathan, this is, this is the normal thing that happens
with these companies though. you have the entrepreneur who has the idea, who gives birth to it. who create this is incredible company. once it is big, you need to bring in the operational ceo, the person who can now manage a huge company, then continue to take it to the next level, right? >> i don't know that is necessarily what we're seeing here. travis is the visionary. he is the one, melissa who built uber. it is not so much that anyone can do it. you nokia ceos as ken pointed out they're simply not a dime a dozen. if i was uber, as you pointed out is most valuable startup in history i would want it to be ipod sooner than later. i know eninvestors -- because of that, this is worrisome sign for the company moving forward without their star ceo. liz: wow, fascinating perspective, guys, thank you. >> thank you. david: certainly a lot of competitors nipping at their heels. liz: it is but telling they haven't been able to replicate what it is. people talk about lyft. they talk about the other
services. david: they never quite make it. liz: all taxis have an app. there is something different and special about uber. they always said others would catch amazon. all amazon was doing selling books through the mail. they continue to innovate. that goes to jonathan's point about the entrepreneurial, vision ceo. david: an opportunity no doubt. meanwhile opportunity for peace in the middle east. the president's senior advisor, son-in-law, jared kushner is now in rail to broker a -- in israel to broker a deal with the israelis and palestinians on his own. can he make headway? former trump campaign foreign policy advisor walid phares weighs in. liz: by this time we'll know what senate republicans have in mind repealing and replacing obamacare. the head of the republican conference john thune on what we can expect. david: it was a shock. gop scoring huge in the peach and palmetto states. georgia congressman buddy carter, what the remarkable results mean for the republican
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>> this is not the outcome any of us were hoping for. >> 2018. >> this is the beginning of something much bigger than us. david: that could be. it was a win for gop according to polls that wasn't supposed to happen. winning special election in the 6th district, the one newt gingrich used to hold. will this latest in democrat defeats change their political strategy or the republicans? we have republican buddy congressman of georgia. congressman, will you ever believe a poll again? >> you have to wonder about the accuracy of these polls. karen did exceptionally well yesterday. we're delighted with the outcome. david: why did they get it so -- it is your state. you know georgians. why did the pollsters get it so wrong? >> keep in mind this was a special election. granted a unique special election with all attention pay to it.
special elections are wild cards. you never really know what the turnout is going to be. with all due respect to the pollsters, it is difficult to really be accurate on the special election. >> it is, congressman, this is fourth time in a row, five including general election where pollsters have been so wrong. your colleagues in the democratic caucus have not been fair to say the least. they have been obstruction it. do you feel that they realize their obstructionist attitude will not help them win elections. >> they ought to. this is wake-up call for the democratic party. they hit us with the best shot. figure amount of money they put into this. amount of effort, they put into it they have to regroup think about what they're doing with it. david: i have to throw a note to rush limbaugh who clued me into
something in slate magazine. shows you how clueless democrats are what is bothering americans about their country. americans obviously love their country. they always have and always win but certain things bug them. this is the first sentence of a piece that ran in slate. it says, precinct captain for democratic candidate jon ossoff's congressional campaign complained recently, many of his constituents are hard to reach because they still live at home with their parents. i mean, not realizing that that is exactly the problem. >> well it's a problem. you know, i mean, let's face it. this is a district that the democrats were really going to be targeting in 2018, the type of district. when you think about being suburban, being well-educated. that is the type of district democrats were thinking about. they failed at this. this should be a wake-up call for them at very least. david: you know the blue dog. there are not many blue dog democrats, con curve tiff, usually southern democrats but
they're making a bit of comeback. 18 met last night with donald trump's economic team, including the treasury secretary. maybe some of them will come on with tax cuts, what do you think? >> well i hope so, because listen, we need this. our country needs this. i hope that both sides of the aisle will realize just how important this is. we've got to get out of this anemic one 1/2% growth rate we're in. we have to get up there in the 3, 4, 5% growth rate in order to get our economy going. to make sure we retire tremendous debt we have. david: we have done it before. congressman buddy carter, appreciate it. >> thank you. david: melissa. melissa: secretary of state rex tillerson and secretary of defense jim mattis hosts their chinese counterparts in washington today. this as american tensions continued to rise with china's neighbor and beneficiary, north korea. blake burman is standing by at the white house with the latest. blake? reporter: melissa, a white house
official earlier today described this meeting as first of its kind forum essentially having the secretary of state rex tillerson, secretary of defense jim mattis meeting here in washington at the state department with their counterparts from china. that white house official telling me at the top of the agenda, north korea. trying to have china exert some influence over the many problems that involved with that country. tillerson afterwards at a news conference saying u.s. and china both agree that the north koreans need to halt their nuclear weapons programs and their ballistic missile tests. >> china understanding that the united states regards north korea as our top security threat. we reiterated to china they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime. reporter: the trump administration and president himself made a point to
establish relationships, working relationship with the chinese and top chinese officials. however on the eve of this meeting the president sent out a tweet yesterday that questioned china's ability to deliver on north korea. the president tweeted out, while i greatly appreciate the efforts of president xi and china to help with north korea, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried. mattis, the defense secretary, was asked about that tweet this afternoon. >> this is, goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility toward any human being. so what you're seeing i think is the american people's frustration with the regime that provokes and provokes and provokes. reporter: by the way, david, melissa, jared kushner, ivanka trump have been invited by the chinese to visit china. so far no word yet if they will accept, if so, when they might
go. back to you. melissa: that would be interesting. blake, thank you. david: we may never know the exact cause of otto warmbier's death. the 22-year-old who died monday after being held by north korea said no to an autopsy. the medical examiner is still examining medical records and imaging. warmbier's funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in ohio. melissa: hopeful thoughts across the nation. house majority whip steve scalise is making progress after the tragic shooting in virginia. we'll have an update on his medical condition coming up. on a coalso course with the gulf coves. the governor of louisiana issuing a state of emergency as tropical storm cindy prepares to hit the u.s. mainland in a matter of hours. we have a live update next. ♪ ♪ when heartburn hits fight back fast with new tums chewy bites. fast relief in every bite.
across the u.s. brutal heat wave is sweeping parts of the southwest as the gulf is bracing for tropical storm cindy, which is already being blamed for the death of a 10-year-old. fox news's adam klotz is live in the weather center tracking the storm. casey stiegel is in holly beach, louisiana, with the details. let's start with adam. >> hey there, melissa. incredibly warm. we'll begin what is happening in the southwest. temperatures climbing to a buck 10 in several locations already in phoenix, running up into the las vegas area, close to that one 10 range as well. temperatures eventually, there is today's high, getting up to 118. you will be up close to 120 farther to the west. palm springs getting up to 120. incredibly warm temperatures. you will see a slight cool-down, very slight cool-down, thursday, friday, getting down to 113, 11 is 2. you see a warm-up back into the weekend. anytime talking 110 to 120,
incredibly hot temperatures, that is sticking around. higher above the seasonal average of 105. we're continuing to track tropical storm cindy as it liveses to gulf of mexico. activity running along the gulf of mexico along the coast, but the actual rotation, spinning south of houston. this lifts on to the north. eventually making landfall around the louisiana, texas border. most of the activity will continue to happen back farther off to the east. we're under watches, warning. this is tornado watch along the gulf coast including new orleans, back towards now beale. we have a couple tornado storms already today. this is the big concern, heavy rain, true rainmaker, widespread, six to nine inches. areas with rainfall totals up to a foot. we're looking at flood advisories. this will make landfall tonight into early tomorrow.
this is timing, going from a tropical system, eventually many abouting a low. here is the path steering its way back into the earn side of the country. looking like end of the weekend run up into the tennessee area, running up towards pennsylvania and pittsburgh area here next several days. melissa. melissa: thanks. david: so, casey, how is the gulf preparing for the storm? reporter: well, david here the people all too familiar with these types of weather patterns. we talked to a variety of people came up to us, said, this is nothing. others are a little bit concerned about the amount of rain that is forecasted from this particular storm. adam talking this is supposed to be a huge rainmaker. why a state of emergency delayed in louis and alabama as well. adam said just around the texas-louisiana border.
that is what all models zoom to show from the national hurricane center. they're in agreement. cindy's impacts could be felt from southeast texas all the way to the florida panhandle. the system packing winds of 45 to 50 miles an hour. not strung enough to be classified as a hurricane -- strong. remember the primary threat, extremely heavy rainfall. six to nine inches could fall. more than a foot in isolated areas, according to the advisories. sandbags are making an appearance once again. folks doing anything they can to keep the water out. the tropical system is lingering in the gulf for days. apparently posed a problem for united airlines flight yesterday. listen to this, 14 people hurt. seven taken to the hospital after the plane head severe turbulence as it cruised near cancun, mexico, close to the outskirts of cindy. united flight 10:30 one landed
safely in houston with 160 people on board -- 1031. they were coming in from panama city. passengers say the bumpy ride lasted 20 minutes or some the condition of those who were hurt, unknown. impacts in the sky. impacts right here on the ground, right at ground zero. we have our eyes on it. we'll be here to report on tropical storm cindy as we await her arrival. david, melissa. david: wish you and them the best. thank you very much, casey stiegel. melissa. melissa: we're waiting for a set conference set to begin any minute with local police and the fbi in flint, michigan, after an officer was stabbed at mitchell international airport. officials are investigating this as possible terror attack. we'll bring it to you live as soon as it begins. david: the trump administration plan to help the middle east. president's senior advisor and son-in-law, jared kushner arriving in jerusalem to talk peace. there he is with the prime
minister of israel. next walid phares, fox news for rin affairs analyst, joining us how mr. kushner could broker a deal. melissa: republicans preparing for a big reveal. the senate plan to repeal and replace obamacare is about to be shown to the public. senator john thune, the third ranking republican in the senate weighs in on the bill. >> it will have a profound, positive improvement over the status quo. to ignore that the status quo is implode something to ignore reality. ♪ and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess. to avoid long-term injury, get medical help right away for an erection lasting more than four hours. if you have a sudden decrease or loss of hearing or vision, or an allergic reaction, stop taking cialis
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david: health care discussion draft. senate republicans expected to unveil their new plans to repeal and replace obamacare tomorrow so what can we expect? we have senator john thune, senate conference chair, senate finance committee member and republican from south dakota. thanks for coming in, appreciate it. >> thanks, david. david: why all the secrecy? we don't know much about this? >> well, there hasn't been any secrecy. all republicans senators have been involved in the discussions. there are detailed discussions. david: we had a republican congresswoman on, marcia blackburn, she is not anti-republican by any stretch. she was upset that she hadn't seen it. colleagues in the house have been unaware what is going on there? >> okay. the house had their shot at this. they passed their bill.
now the senate's turn. we have a process we've been going through to get as much, sort of input as we can from all republican senators and we're in the final stages now of having a bill crafted that will be available tomorrow, hopefully get scored by congressional budget office over the weekend. if everything goes well, have it on the floor next week for a vote in the united states senate. but it is time to turn the page on this fail obamacare system, david. david: no, i understand. we're going to talk about that in a moment but i'm just wondering, congresspeople, people in the house didn't have much say in it, have you been taking any instructions or advice from the trump administration? >> well, we've had, sure, the trump administration, the trump, and his team have been involved in this too. again we have, we know where the house is. the house already passed their bill. david: right. >> we're informed by that as we move forward. we have taken a lot what the house did, to strengthen and improve upon it. i don't think it is unusual at all frankly, in fact as procedural matter it is very
hard for the senate to originate something like this from a committee. once the house moves a reconciliation vehicle, senator mcconnell intend i think to take up that bill, substitute senate language in for it. then our process will move forward. we'll have open to amendment next week. and everybody will get a chance to have share opportunity to do what they want to the bill. but in the end we have a get a result because we've got a failed system that we've got to rescue the american people from. david: now you may have noticed there was an election yesterday in georgia and the results came as a big shock to a lot of democrats who thought just a couple days ago they had this thing in the bag. they have been counting on their kind of obstructionist policies towards anything from the republicans to carry them through to the 2018 midterms. clearly that's not going to work, at least it hasn't in the past four special elections. any sign that because of that failure there might be a change of tone among democrats, maybe you can get some of them to go alongwith you?
>> that would be great. we would love to have the democrats to participate in this. they sent a letter saying they would participate as long as we removed any discussion of repealing and replacing obamacare. that wasn't going to happen. david: that is nonstarter. >> that is a nonstarter but i think these elections are telling, all candidates running, anti-trump candidates are running against everything republicans are trying to do up here. they have not been successful in those elections. what that says is the american people want to give us an opportunity to get some things done, get some results. david: we want some results. >> starts with passing health care reform. david: finally, you mentioned that some of the effects of obamacare are still haunting us. we're stuck with it, we just got word anthem is pulling out of two states, wisconsin, and indiana, and wisconsin governor scott walker said, i'm quoting him here, obamacare is collapsing. if we do nothing more companies will back out and more people will lose coverage. for all of the time it will take
to get repeal and replace of obamacare, there are going to be some people hurting, right? >> it is in a death spiral why we have to act quickly and he decisively to stablize markets to get the rates down. we have to make this affordable for american people. skyrocketing premiums. more and more insurers pulling out. 45% of counties in america will have one or no options in the individual marketplace. that is not a market. if there is only one competitor out there, that certainly doesn't constitute a market. we have to create a competitive environment out there. we need to move quickly because this thing is spiraling downward quickly. it is in a death spiral. everybody acknowledges that. why it is so important that congress move to get a bill on the president's desk that he can sign into law that takes us in a different and better direction for the american people. david: we look forward to see what you got. tomorrow at 9:30, right? >> yes, sir. david: 9:30 in the morning. senator, thank you very much for being here, john thune. >> appreciate it.
melissa: shake-up hitting the house of saud, as mohammed bin salman is new prince of saudi arabia kingdom. seen as business savvy leader in the monarchy family. he will replace mohammed bin nayaf as next to the throne. walid phares joins us to weigh in on what impact this could have on saudi kingdom. i was there a number of years ago. i went there to do a series they were transitioning from oil economy. they had all that new industry for their population which is very young. i don't know how much progress they have made. with this move they say it's a step in that direction, how is it going? >> melissa, you're absolutely right. the new crown prince, deputy crown prince, is the author of vision 2030 we know about, which is supposed to shift economy from oil only to every other resource possible and more organizational infrastructure but the most important asset he
is bringing i guess is the political development within the kingdom. we always had the criticisms against saudi arabia, wahhabi factor, salafi factor, looks like prince mohammed bin salman, shifting slowly the political landscape of the kingdom in another direction. for us, the united states a few weeks after the president trump went to riyadh and addressed 50 arab and muslim leaders, one of the architects of that move was precisely mohammed bin salman, came to washington, met with the team, met with the president, back home and prepared that, brought in with his father those 50 leaders. i think this is very important now he is the next, he will be the next ruler. melissa: very interesting to watch. turning now to more news out of the middle east, so the son-in-law and senior advisor to the president jared kushner taking a trip to israel to meet with the country's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, this trip being the next step in accomplishing the president's
goal of forging the ultimate deal by brokering peace between israelis and palestinians. walid, what is your take on this one? will he be successful? is the right guy? >> that is a very important question. number one we know that this process of peace between israelis and palestinians has been so difficult. it failed. a lot of effort was done by many presidents. the advantage for mr. jared kushner, number one, very important, he is so close to the president, there will be little translation lost in the discussions between him and the president. that is important. number two the, he has an advantage of formation, formation of the arab muslim coalition center of which he has three important friends an allies, president of egypt he knows personally. the crown prince of saudi arabia, and the crown prince of abu dhabi. three of them basically make sure he has an arab partner when discussing the issue with the palestinians.
of course he has his father-in-law and his own friendship to the prime minister of israel. the planets are aligned. he needs to get good advice, making sure that bad guys, iran, hezbollah, will not be sabotaging this perspective. melissa: walid phares, always so insightful. appreciate your time. david: he wraps it up well. melissa: he really does. david: at bottom of the screen we're expecting a press conference from flint, michigan, where an officer was stabbed. are eyewitnesses that suggest that the stabber shouted "allahu akbar!," god is great in arabic. we hope to get that and or the questions answered on that. out of the break which we're going into. many prayers on capitol hill, good news for congressman steve scalise. the latest on the majority whip's condition after a gunman opened fire. the results are in, turns out resisting the president is not a winning campaign strategy.
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melissa: the failing democratic strategy, after wins in georgia and south carolina the republicans chalking up the fourth straight special election victory during the trump presidency. so does the democratic partied into he a new gameplan? here isfy benson, "town hall" editor and fox news contributor. robin biro, former obama regional campaign director. guys, let me start with you. hearing defense trot left, hey, listen these are republican states anyway. these people should have won anyway. the fact it was so close shows enthusiasm on democratic side, what do you think? >> first of all i have to toot my own horn because i'm so rarely correct.
you pressed me to go on the record a few weeks ago on this show. melissa: i did. >> about this race and i predicted a narrow handel victory even when it wasn't looking so great in the polls. melissa: i should have started with that, forgive me my friend. >> i got lucky. i got lucky on this one. look, democrats i understand what they're doing here. they have to spin. they have to figure out a way to make this less painful than it is. yes, these are republican districts. yes the democrats have gained in their vote share in three of those four races, not georgia. but they dropped $30 million in a district that donald trump barely won by a point 1/2 in 2016 with all this momentum and all the hype and all the media attention, and they flopped. and the republican actually more than doubled donald trump's margin in that district, very well-educated, suburban affluent district, exact type of place democrats are going to need to flip if they want to win back the house in 2018. i don't think we should put too much stock in any special elections.
we are so far away from the 2018 elections. melissa: right. >> democrats wanted this one badly. they didn't get it. saying anything else is spin. melissa: robin, when you look at the mold of who you think would be a successful democrat going forward, looking at the next candidate, do you think that this candidate we saw in ossoff, he is the right mold? do you feel like that was a success, because it was close or does this tell you, you should try for some difficult kind of person because he didn't win? >> i will answer your question, first, guy, i say you're right, tooting your own horn. here i am eating my buffet of crow and humble pie. melissa: you're a good man. you're a good man. >> but i will say, ossoff, we're getting there. he did energize. we pulled off 19 point swing in the georgia 6, within a matter of seven months. we didn't get to our goal. but what i am most concerned about is that the dnc frankly ignored the three other states, kansas, montana, and south carolina.
we achieved basically the same result, dumped $30 million into georgia. i understand the strategy but you know we've got to redistribute these funds into other states as well. consider middle america and the south. so you know, i think we're getting there. we're making progress but we have work to go. >> although -- melissa: go ahead. >> can i respond to that? i think there is argument to be made on that point. you just made it. it is a decent argument but i wonder what you think of this? i heard other people saying making the point, if democrats had poured a bunch of money into south carolina, for example, in that race, a very conservative district, although democratic district for many years, it is very red district in terms of ideology, if they had raised the stakes in south carolina and spent more resources that would have raised the profile of the race, republicans would have gotten more engaged and gop base would have turned out much more than they did which is why the margin was so close. melissa: i thought that was really interesting, rob. what do you think about that?
>> you know, that is a good point. south carolina we had entirely different gameplan. much more grassroots on the ground. and, you know, basically, already proves my point that the money didn't make really any difference here with ossoff because it did raise profile. this was most expensive race in history. to achieve basically the same result. so who is to say. melissa: interesting. guys, thank you. >> thanks. david: we should have a news alert. we do have a news alert. this, actually is proof that prayers work. there is a big sigh of relief for steve scalise. doctors at medstar washington hospital issuing this statement on the condition of the house majority whip who was shot last week in virginia. congressman steve scalise continues to make good progress. he is listed in fair condition. beginning extended period of healing and rehabilitation. melissa, if there was ever proof prayer does work, this is it. the whole nation was praying for this guy. melissa: very true.
melissa: just momenting ago president trump departing from joint base andrews to cedar rapids, iowa, where he will deliver remarks about agricultural innovation and participating in a make america great again rally. jeff flock in cedar rapids with details of the president's schedule and what we can expect to hear from him. jeff? reporter: if the president, melissa, needs any encouragement, he will get it tonight by this crowd, judging from folks we talked to. the old-fashioned make america great again rally.
some people say, somebody even loves fox. there you go, we'll take that too. kickoff of the 2020 campaign. in fact i see trump-pence 2020 t-shirts this is cedar rapids, iowa, frankly he lost the republican caucus here, but it was all uphill from there, and all good news from there. as you can see we're walking this whole line and, i don't think i'm going to make it to the end because we'll run out of time before we get to the end, but a big crowd. they say about 10,000. i haven't counted them all, but i suspect we're going to get to the goal here. the president, i should point out is still three hours away from arriving here. but a lot of folks in support of the president. if you thought his popularity was waning with the base, i think you would be wrong. maybe waning somewhere but not with the folks out here in set door rapids. -- cedar rapids. >> jeff flock, thank you so much.
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david: we're waiting a press conference set to begin any moment with local police and fbi in flint, michigan. this after an officer was stabbed at bishop international airport. the stabber allegedly yelled out akbar. officials are investigating the incident as a possible terror attack. we'll bring this to you live as soon as it begins. melissa: so on a film set not so far away, the star wars franchise up coming han solo film has lost its director. david: this is a good sign. i'll tell you why, creative difference citing, the film still set to be released may 25th next year. the reason why i say it's a good sign because wizard of oz
had three directors and gone with the wind had five directors. so very often when you switch directors, you end up with a classic film. melissa: okay. i love it because i want that movie to be good. so there you go. risk and reward starts right now. liz: we're monitoring a news conference that could be coming at any moment about the police officer who was stabbed in the back and in the neck this morning at an airport in flint, michigan. he's in stable condition. the suspect is now in custody. federal law enforcement officials say it is still unclear as to whether there is any connection to terror. witnesses say the attacker allegedly shouted alou akbar. he may be targeting law enforcement as well. a demoralizing body blow to democrats,