singing out on the back roads ♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight, inside the final 30. while the top of the ticket dukes it out down-ballot battles have big stakes in the heartland. viral ads like this one. >> the state legislature supported second amendment rights. >> could this candidate change the balance of power in the senate? we're in new hampshire. with voters who refuse to stay inside the party lines. plus wayne's world. ♪ rare inside access with the notoriously reclusive hip-hop star lil wayne, aka mr. carter defending his locker room lear ins and opening up about his time in prison. what made him storm out of our interview? ♪ she said i'll give you shelter from the storm ♪ >> bob dylan gives us shelter from the storm.
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their say in this historic and polarizing election. caught in the crossfire, donald trump and hillary clinton are the so-called down-ballot candidates trying to sway voters, in many cases keeping their distance from the top of the ticket with control of the u.s. senate hanging in the balance. here's abc's sunny hostin "inside the final 30." >> we are in the heart of america. and we're going to meet with jason kander who is the democratic nominee for senate here. >> i'm jason kander. >> reporter: he snagged national attention with this ad. >> i supported second amendment rights. i also believe in background checks so that terrorists can't get their hands on one of these. >> this is a guy who seemingly has come out of nowhere. it's interesting that this race is as tight as it is. the outcome of this tight race could give democrats one of the five seats they need to take
control of the senate. kander's opponent -- >> i'm roy blunt, the first person in my family to graduate from college. >> reporter: a fifth-generation missourian, blunt's campaign slogan says it all. the campaigning and winning is nothing new for him. he's served in congress for the last 20 years. but this is jason's first run for u.s. senate. and so our day begins in a small local library. >> good to see you, thanks for doing this. who wants to jump in and start telling me what they think about stuff? >> reporter: he's come here not just to talk but to listen to what's important to these voters. >> we also need to change the whole thinking about what preschool is. >> public education drives economic development. >> reporter: watching this, it strikes me -- that unlike that other race happening right now, these important state races are fought, won, and lost in intimate settings. like this one.
>> i want to not stop doing this. i mean, that's i think the key. you don't stop traveling and talking to folks. >> i want to make sure there's a line of communication. great eye contact. sincerity. he says absolutely, i believe him. >> reporter: impact like this is why kander has been crisscrossing missouri, which generally votes republican at the top of the ticket. >> are we in kander campaign central? >> yeah, this is it. this is also known as my car. we've put over 100,000 miles on it. >> in how much time? >> about a year, a little over a year. >> really? >> senator blunt i've heard has a very nice jet. but this is comfy. >> it's very comfortable. >> yeah, yeah. >> what made you decide to run for the senate? >> the gridlock in congress is mirrored in our national conversation. this is the only version of american politics a lot of people in my generation has ever seen. as someone who was willing to potentially give my life for the idea this is the best system in the world, it can only be made better. i just couldn't stand by and nothing do anything.
>> reporter: kander volunteered to serve in afghanistan after 9/11. >> there's nothing that's going to be asked of me in the united states senate that is more difficult than a tuesday in the united states army. >> reporter: here in missouri, his message seems to be resonating. >> i'm going to call shoshana walsh, deputy political director at abc news. hello. >> hi, sunny. >> how are you? >> i've got so many questions for you about what's going on in missouri. so could we see jason kander's successful run change the republican-run senate to a democratically-run senate? >> definitely. this race is one of the few that we're watching that could turn over power. so missouri, north carolina, illinois, wisconsin, pennsylvania, new hampshire, and a few more that could really be a fight to november 8th. >> politics have been pretty disgusting lately. >> reporter: across the country these down-ballot candidates are pulling out all stops. >> i've got this covered.
>> he's exactly the guy we need to clean up the mess in washington. >> reporter: like republican senator ron johnson. >> i'm ron johnson and i approve this message. >> i'm from boston and boston is in new england which means that new hampshire is just like my kid brother. >> reporter: even ben affleck donning flannel to make an appeal to voters who may be disillusioned by the top of the ticket. >> register to vote, new hampshire. all of new england is counting on you. >> in these tight senate races across the country we may see more split-ticket voters. that means people casting their ballots for one party at the top of the ticket and a different party down-ballot. >> there's nothing like driving from boston into new hampshire on a beautiful fall day. >> reporter: allie rogan has been following the tight senate race in new hampshire for the last year. >> we're going to talk to voters, see what they think about the election. not just the top of the ticket, the presidential race, but also the new hampshire senate race between senator kelly ayotte and
governor maggie hasan. the big question is whether folks like ayotte and hasan can stand the unpopularity of the presidential candidates at the top of the ticket. that's what they're trying to do. >> i'm voting for trump. >> you've got the senate race, kelly ayotte versus maggie hassan, how are you looking at that? >> undecided. >> i'm voting for hillary clinton. >> how about down-ballot? >> i am a democrat but i may vote for kelly. >> you're one of these voters, the magical ticket-splitters. right? >> right, that's me. >> the big question is going to be how many of those ticket-splitters end up being on election night. check that out. democrats for trump. new hampshire. you never know what you're going to get here. we are on our way to our first campaign stop with governor maggie hasan. no big speeches. just good old-fashioned new hampshire retail politics. >> i'm great, how are you? thanks for coming to my hometown. >> nice to meet you. >> i am voting for you. >> thank you very much, i really appreciate that.
>> for her to come over and to say something, it makes me want to vote for her even more. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> i actually have a bipartisan record. >> reporter: senator ayotte has been making one-on-one time with voters a priority. >> the margin in this race is razor thin. we got new poll numbers showing governor hasan at 46%, kelly ayotte at 44%. we just got a statement from the ayotte campaign. here's what they have to say. kelly is one candidate who has shown she'll stand up to anyone and do what's right for new hampshire and continue to campaign voter by voter, town by town, across the state, to close the deal in the final days. >> you're trying to go like this from trump? >> reporter: this strategy even more important because her relationship with the top of the ticket has been complicated. >> would you tell them to be like donald trump? would you point to him as a role model? >> well, i think that certainly there are many role models that we have, and i believe he's -- can serve as president, so
absolutely i would do that. >> if you believe he can serve as president, why won't you endorse him? >> because i've had some disagreements with him. >> reporter: but then that tape surfaced. >> when you're a star they let you do it, you can do anything. grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> reporter: ayotte completely dumped trump, posting on twitter, i cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women. back in missouri, kander's campaign is doing a delicate dance with the top of the ticket for both parties. >> there's a few veterans here, raise your hand -- >> reporter: hillary clinton hasn't been stumping for him, even though he's a democrat. to win, he can't alienate all the trump voters here. it makes you feel more comfortable that jason actually served? >> yes, it does. >> people have come out and they're attacking him about the second amendment, saying he wants to take guns away from people. what do you think about that? >> that's all hype. gun control and other hot-button
issues are brought up every election cycle. no one's ever tried to come and get my guns. >> reporter: with a week to election day, missouri to new hampshire, democrats and republicans want voters to know regardless of who wins the top of the ticket, who controls the senate matters. for "nightline," i'm sunny hostin in kansas city, missouri. next, lil wayne gets a lot of upset and storms out of our interview. and later -- bouncing around london like a rolling stone for an exclusive first look at bob dylan's new art exhibit. more "sit" per roll. more "who's training who" per roll. bounty is two times more absorbent. so one roll of bounty can last longer than those bargain brands. so you get more "life" per roll. bounty. the long-lasting quicker picker
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hip-hop star lil wayne doesn't ordinarily give interviews but "nightline" is no ordinary broadcast. a controversial encounter with the rapper is getting major attention on twitter. here's abc's linsey davis. ♪ ♪ >> my name is lil wayne. >> reporter: he's a rapper whose lifestyle has all the trappings of a bona fide rock star. >> i'm going to marry him! >> he's my idol. >> i love his music. >> reporter: the past three years "nightline" has been granted rare access to the reclusive hip-hop icon lil wayne. >> i'm a slave for your ear. i'll die to make what you hear great. >> reporter: lil wayne has been making music for nearly 25 years. with hits like "lollipop." ♪
>> reporter: a mogul discovering mega stars like nicki minaj and drake. lil wayne, born duane carter discover by new orleans rapper bird man who signed him to his record label cash money. ♪ >> reporter: wayne's first taste of mainstream success came with his electric verse on juvenile's "back that thing up." his lyrics are crafty and calculating. yet raw and explicit. >> i know how difficult it was to watch us come up, pants sag issing bandanas on repping street things talking about guns, every verse about how i would run in your house and tie your parents up, something like that. i sold a million records in a heartbeat. it was about lyrics. it was just about -- it wasn't about what you were talking about, it was about how you were talking about it. >> what do you say to people who call your music vulgar
misogynist advertise offensive, degrading? >> if that's what you think about the music, if that's what you categorize it under, then so be it. all those things made me who i am. and i am a very successful man. please keep looking out for more. because it's coming baby. >> so your daughter would you have any problem with her being called a [ bleep ] or a ho? >> yeah they call her a [ bleep ] or a ho? i have a huge problem with that. yeah. but i never called a female by that name unless i got a real big problem with her, [ bleep ], yeah. >> reporter: to say this father of four is controversial is an understatement. the self-described gangster says he's often misunderstood. >> that would be the biggest misconception, that i'm some kind of rude i don't know like [ bleep ], you so humble whatever whatever. but i from the south. i have to be respectful and everything like that because i have someone to answer to. and that's my mom. >> reporter: but wayne doesn't really care what we think about
him. he's unapologetic in just about every aspect of his life. what's your relationship with weed? every day? >> there's god, there's family there's my kids there's music and weed. >> in that order? >> yeah. >> reporter: our journey with wisy started in 2013 at his own private skate park he constructed in miami. >> how do you self-describe gangster end up being such a prolific skateboarder? >> i just fell in love with skating. plain and simple. the thing you love most about it is landing the tricks. landing them and landing them well. being able to say you did that. >> reporter: a few months later, he invited us to amsterdam. backstage at his sold-out performance. >> what are you thinking about when you're walking onstage? >> usually what's on my mind is just impressing the people. i'm usually trying to feel the crowd out first. ♪
being onstage for me is everything i ever dreamed of. i'm always at home onstage. >> reporter: nowadays wayne has been making more headlines than music due to an ongoing legal battle battle his completed album remains on the shelf. which is why he says he chose to release a memoir. "gone till november" chronicles the eight months he spent at rikers island for illegal weapon possession. >> when you look at prison has it been life-changing? >> i learned a lot about people. you're all on the same level, you're all going through the same thing. everybody wants to go home. >> reporter: but outside of a jail cell his celebrity status has clearly shaped his perspective. recently spiring controversy on fox sports when he said he personally doesn't see racism because so many of his fans are white. >> i thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. >> there was a lot of backlash from people about that. would you change what you said? >> no not at all. >> what's your thought on black
lives matter? >> what is it? what do you mean? >> the idea was that there was this movement called black lives matter thinking that the rest of america didn't seem to understand that that black lives matter. >> that just sounds weird. i don't know. that you put a name on. it's not a name. it's not -- whatever whatever. it's somebody got shot by police for a [ bleep ] reason. young, black, rich [ bleep ] -- if that don't let you know that america understand black [ bleep ] matter these days i don't know what it is don't come at me with that [ bleep ], man. my life matters. especially to my [ bleep ]. >> do you separate yourself from it? >> i don't feel connected to a damn thing ain't got nothing to do with me. if you do you crazy [ bleep ]. you connected to this [ bleep ]? [ bleep ]. i'm connected. i'm a gang banger, man. i'm connected. >> reporter: he ended our interview angrily. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: lil wayne is in the
business of making music, not apologies. for "nightline," i'm linsey davis in new york. >> really? a man who makes his living using offensive language offended by a question? okay, that's one way to end an interview. this story's gotten lots of reaction on social media. please weigh in with your thoughts. we'll be right back.
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finally tonight, you saw it here first. here's abc's lama hasan with an exclusive peek at bob dylan's new art exhibit. >> reporter: music isn't bob dylan's only art form. he as visual artist. pain ing painting drawing, cut thing since hitting the music scene in the 1960s. the tambourine man sketching on the road and in between concert concerts. nothing represents this great american icon than his latest exhibition "the beaten path." >> driving by, he said that's
what i want. >> reporter: drawing inspiration from the country he knows best. >> it's an emotional response to his journey through america. and you can see it here in terms of the road. he's turned back to what formed him. which was america. and all things american. >> reporter: abc news got an exclusive at his largest exhibition to date showing america through the eyes of this creative genius who asked us how does it feel? ♪ how does it feel ♪ >> reporter: the gallery showcases almost 200 pieces of dylan's artwork. in some of them the artist choosing to use moody colors reminiscent of some of his more melancholy tunes like "girl from the north country." and everywhere you turn at the exhibition, the singer reminding us that though the times may be a-changing -- ♪ the times they are a-changing ♪ >> reporter: writing in a foreward dylan explains "i believe the key to the future is in the remnants of the past,
that you have to master the idioms of your own time before you can have any identity in the present tense. your past begins the day you were born and to disregard it is cheating yourself of who you really are." for "nightline," i'm lama hasan in london. ♪ the times they are a-changing ♪ >> wow, who knew. it was bob dylan who said take care of all your memories who are you cannot relive them. thank you for watching abc news. and as always we're online at abcnews.com and our "nightline" facebook page. th i've never liked marijuana. but i'm voting yes on prop 64 to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over. it
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